Any Old Iron
by Greg O’Brien
This is the story of Jeff Thomson, the sculptor of a chicken that O’Brien and his brother bought as a birthday present for their mother. The chicken was made of corrugated iron. O’Brien describes Thomson’s inspirations, his training, the work that goes on in his noisy workshop, and the many and varied objects and animals that he has made from iron over the past thirty years. The text is well illustrated with photographs of these sculptures. O’Brien adds his own responses to them, providing insights that may motivate readers to consider unusual materials or subjects for their own artworks.