Franco Girardi gives his ?Wheels of Destruction? artwork a push start at the Nimbin School of Arts.
Franco Girardi gives his ?Wheels of Destruction? artwork a push start at the Nimbin School of Arts.

Franco gets to the point with his art

By RENEE REDMOND

USING sheep shears and cable ties, Franco Girardi has created his own style of Aussie art.

The Nimbin artist who collects metal shears from garage sales and market stalls said he attached the shears to various objects including push-bikes, trikes and scooters.

"The shears are pretty sharp and I reckon you could pull a piece off and still shear a sheep with it," he said.

Franco is one of many local artists who will display their work at the Nimbin Autumn Arts Exhibition, which opens today at the Nimbin School of Art hall in Cullen Street.

He said the feature of his exhibit, 'Wheels of Mass Destruction', was more difficult to name than create.

"I used a second hand push-bike, shears and cable ties to create it, and changed the name from the sheep shearers strike bike to the Grim Reaper's bike but in the end I went with a more general name," he said.

Nimbin community economic development officer David Hallett said over the past eight years, the exhibition had featured more than 100 artists including photographers, fine artists and designers.

"Nimbin is well-known as Australia's alternative capital and the area has a very large population of visual and performance artists," he said.

The free exhibition opens at 10am daily and will run until April 25.



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