A travelling cattle musterer has transformed pieces of junk into stunning metal sculptures that pay tribute to a celebrated outback lifestyle.
Claire Murphy’s campdrafting sculpture “Ben and Scrap”, which is life-size and weighs a combined 935 kilograms, is made from recycled scrap metal.
“My dad taught me to weld as a kid and I’ve worked on cattle properties all my life,” Ms Murphy said.
“And my mum is an incredible artist, so I guess that’s how I got the eye.”
Using hundreds of old tools, trick parts and farming equipment, Ms Murphy worked on the piece for two years at her property in Mount Isa before unveiling it to the public this week.
“I sketched the horse on paper then blew it up on a piece of flat plate steel, then I stand it up and put legs on it and make it 3D from there,” she said.
“I just go by feel and eye and do a lot of measuring.”
With the photos of the sculptures going viral overnight, the 33-year-old horse breeder and trainer hopes the enthusiasm for her hobby will encourage her to make more pieces.
“I’ve had a lot of interest; I was trying to keep it under wraps for a long time, a lot of my family and friends wanted to take photos of the sculpture for a long time, so I’m just glad it’s out now and people can enjoy it,” Ms Murphy said.