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91/1207 Tyre swan, painted rubber / metal strap / timber, St Marys, New South Wales, Australia, 1960-1990. Click to enlarge.

Tyre swan

Made
Automobile tyre which has been modified to resemble the form of a swan. Half of the tread has been sliced along and cut at the end to form the neck of the swan and the head. The remaining side areas of the tyre has been turned inside out and form the wings of the bird. The negative from which the head was cut forms a forked tail. A riveted metal strap ensures the neck curves forward. The base of the object is nailed to a rectangular wooden base. The tyre has been painted white with red detailing for beak and red drawing pins for eyes.

Summary

Object No.

91/1207

Object Statement

Tyre swan, painted rubber / metal strap / timber, St Marys, New South Wales, Australia, 1960-1990

Physical Description

Automobile tyre which has been modified to resemble the form of a swan. Half of the tread has been sliced along and cut at the end to form the neck of the swan and the head. The remaining side areas of the tyre has been turned inside out and form the wings of the bird. The negative from which the head was cut forms a forked tail. A riveted metal strap ensures the neck curves forward. The base of the object is nailed to a rectangular wooden base. The tyre has been painted white with red detailing for beak and red drawing pins for eyes.

Marks

In relief on side wall of tyre are details of manufacture, size etc. "55 / SR 12 RADIAL TUBELESS / BARUM / MADE IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA"

Dimensions

Height

740 mm

Width

670 mm

Depth

520 mm

Production

Notes

Object made by a 'Mr and Mrs Johnson' pre 1990. Probably between the 1960s and 1980s. These swans were still popular in the mid 1980s when some still decorated, as hanging flower vases, Sydney's Redfern station (most likely as a private initiative of station workers who tended the small station 'garden').

History

Notes

This tyre swan was used as lawn decoration by the previous owners at their home in St Marys, an outer western suburb of Sydney in New South Wales.

The two photographs of the tyre swans in situ were taken by Jan Mackay, 1989.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1991

Acquisition Date

18 October 1991

Cite this Object

Harvard

Tyre swan 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 16 April 2021, <https://ma.as/112070>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/112070 |title=Tyre swan |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=16 April 2021 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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