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Tyre swan, 1990
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Object statement
Tyre swan, painted rubber / metal strap, Mr and Mrs Johnson, St Marys, New South Wales, Australia, 1960-1980s
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').
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.

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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"
91/1207
Production date
1990
Height
740 mm
Width
670 mm
Depth
520 mm

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Acquisition credit line
Purchased 1991
Subjects
+ Sculptures
+ Decorative arts
+ Animals
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{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/112070 |title=Tyre swan |author=Powerhouse Museum |accessdate=20 February 2017 |publisher=Powerhouse Museum, Australia}}


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