The Dancing Brolga

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Built Nr 1
Year 2018
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10 days
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1 Tonne scrap metal

Retired metals from the sugar cane & farming, reused parts & treasures collected from throughout the Burdekin area.

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Ayr, Private property

Brolga was a daughter's gift to her father for Christmas. She stands tall, gracefully, on the top of her nest, awaiting her mate for life. She was created hoping one day they'd complete the sculpture with the male. But even if they are separate, the art was still completed - as you find her dancing, representing the beautiful courtship Brolgas perform to mate.

The Barefooted Welder had plenty of experience observing the nature and essence of brolgas. They mostly live across tropical northern Australia, throughout Queensland, and are difficult to see. The brolga is one of Australia's largest flying birds, measuring from 1 to 1.3 m in height. 

To represent the imposing proportions of this native Australian bird, the artist proudly enhanced her size. "As a bad habit of mine, she was created bigger," says The Barefooted Welder; "What I loved the most was the logistics of the art piece: seeing first-hand people’s reaction can be as exciting as building itself."

“What it may be like to wake up knowing that one of Australia's largest birds is right next to you, in the wild nature.” MickyD