These include No. 247 Metal, which is made from thousands of found typewriter parts, and took three years to create.
Among his late timber works is No. 712 The Train, 1987, which is composed of a series of sculptural elements made up of timber patterns which were used in the 19th and early 20th centuries as moulds for casting metal machine parts. Klippel and fellow-artist Colin Lanceley discovered a cache of the discarded patterns in Sydney in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until two decades later that he began working with them.
Another exhibition highlight, No.1118 1995, consists of more than 80 small sculptures made from an array of everyday materials including champagne bottle caps and wires, plastic toys and tea strainers, he assembled a field of tiny forms, none of which measure more than 15 centimetres in height, and painted each element in bright colours, so that it appears like a miniature adventure playground.
From 1968, Klippel lived and worked at his home in the inner Sydney suburb of Birchgrove overlooking Sydney Harbour. The mansion’s rooms were dedicated to different types of work: including drawing, welding, clay, woodwork and collage.
Where: Assembled: the work of Robert Klippel, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 313 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville, Victoria.
When: November 23, 2019 – February 16, 2020.