Big Peanut artist Kane Minogue reveals the construction process | Queensland Country Life | Queensland

2021-11-11 08:54:31 By : Mr. kobe leng

Waste passion: Kane Minogue of Grafton quit his job to pursue his dream of making art from scrap metal. Photo: Kingaroy needs a big peanut.

A Grafton scrap metal artist is behind Kingaroy's long-awaited Big Peanut.

The sculptor behind Kingaroy's Big Peanut doesn't consider himself "artistic", but the blue-collar guy from Grafton, New South Wales definitely has a need for his artistic ability. The committee and company are now commissioning his work.

Kane Minogue is the owner of Studio 303, a scrap metal art company. He lives and works off-grid, using only a grinder, welding machine and some hand tools to make his works in his studio.

He started welding steel animals for private clients, and as his art spread, he began to construct various works, which were commissioned for public works, including peanuts.

"The Peanut Committee contacted Andrew Whitehead, he may be Australia's most well-known [scrap metal] artist [and] the way he sent them to me, because I got closer, he knew I would treat it fairly," Milo said.

"They are so passionate. They are the ones who make this happen, and I am very happy to be selected to do this for them and hope it will be popular."

This peanut weighing 450 kg, 3.4m high and 1.2m wide took three months of his full-time work to complete.

"The Peanut Committee organized to send me Nan Burnett's old mechanical parts, and I used the new 2.5 mm low carbon steel pipe as a framework for structural integrity," he said.

"I have to remove all the impurities on the parts so that I can weld them, so there is a lot of scum around the removal of oil and grease."

Minogue said he could not go to Kingaroy for the informal unveiling ceremony on November 4, but he was able to watch the live broadcast.

"I know the passion of these people, so it's very surreal. It's really great. I really like it.

"Working for rural clients in rural cities and towns is a bit special for me, but there is also pressure to do a good job because if they are not exposed to art, they would rather spend their money elsewhere.

"That's why you need to ask me to take the pieces from the arrogance and the locals so that we can connect them to it.

"You have to connect with people. It has to tell a story, and they have to identify with this story, otherwise it's just another piece of art that people don't like."

Minogue has worked in manufacturing and hot rods, and he said he has no plans to enter the field of steel carving.

"It all happened by accident. I worked for a guy in the city, I rummaged through the trash can and made a very ordinary thing, because I had never done it before, and my dad said,'You never Sell ​​that, you are wasting your bloody time'," Kane laughed.

"So I bought it, exchanged it, sold it, and then sold it for $450.

"I quit my job and spent four and a half years relying on Sangas and two minutes of noodles, and now I am doing this on a large scale across the country.

"So far, I have two billionaire customers, but I charge by my own value. I will not deceive anyone. I am a blue collar guy.

"It has also become a bit trendy, which is great because creativity really takes your thoughts to another place. You leave the daily stress behind."

Milo continued to sculpt a commissioned work for Shellharbour City Council, which was installed in the Redell Reserve in southern Wollongong in December 2020.

This artwork is a four-meter-high sculpture that depicts various local marine life swimming around the seaweed ring.

Milo hopes that his next big job will be for a large real estate group that is developing a new residential area in Wollongong.

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