Tyre swan

Made in St Marys, New South Wales, 1990.

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...

Summary

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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.

Dimensions

740 mm
670 mm
520 mm

Production

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').
1990

History

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.

Source

Purchased 1991
18 October, 1991

Cite this Object

Tyre swan 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 August 2017, <https://ma.as/112070>
{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/112070 |title=Tyre swan |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=23 August 2017 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
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