My husband and I met gorgeous Don Williams today in Mildura. I was hunting for an old sweatbox from the Red Cliffs area for an ongoing piece of work. We'd driven past his property on previous visits but never actually gone in. He 's been collecting steel and cranes and all sorts of other items for over 50 years and his place is something to behold. Miles and miles of incredible machines - big and small, cranes, buses, vintage cars, giant tanks and pipes, racks and posts. It's a sculptors dream - lucky it's not located in our state or we'd be there every week!
As you can see from this photo thanks to Don we had no trouble finding sweatboxes! - and sourced from Red Cliffs too!
* timber sweatboxes were used in the dried fruit industry to transport fruit and assist in the process of removing moisture from the fruit. They were used during the establishment of settlement blocks in Sunraysia, through both World Wars and into the 1970s.
Katy Mutton is a Canberra based, Australian Visual Artist whose practice is informed by an ongoing concern around trauma and warfare and how these relate to our cultural identity and history. For more information on her artwork visit www.katymutton.com