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Jeff Thomson is the (Corrugated) Iron Man of Australasia


Jeff Thompson has made a successful career out of creating amazing sculpture out of corrugated iron.  He has made corrugated iron animals, birds, cars and people. He has manipulated corrugated iron into intricate and beautiful forms.

Corrugated iron is a distinctively Australasian material.  With much humour, Jeff Thomson pokes fun at our icons and puts them in the spotlight, making us look at them in a whole new light.

Image of corrugated iron Holden by Jeff Thomson
Jeff Thomson HQ Holden (1991) - Now exhibited at Te Papa, Thomson did not put his HQ Holden into a gallery straight away, but drove it around on the open road, both in New Zealand and Australia. It was his only vehicle for three years, and he carried all his rusty corrugated iron on the roof.
Image of life sized sculptures of two giraffes by Jeff Thomson
Jeff Thomson Giraffes (2007) Private commission, life sized (truly! I have seen them!)
Jeff Thomson image of Mat (in detail)
Jeff Thomson Mat (in detail) (2008)
Jeff Thomson Weaving image in detail
Jeff Thomson Weaving (in detail) (2007)
Image of Jeff Thomson Weaving
Jeff Thomson White (2008)

I have a couple of small pieces of Jeff Thompson’s corrugated iron sculpture.  I would love more (although perhaps not a life-sized giraffe!)

Image of my Jeff Thomson Pohutukawa sculpture
My Jeff Thomson Pohutukawa

Jeff Thomson, I love your work and I would love to come and visit your studio one day…

Image of Jeff Thomson's studio
Jeff Thomson Studio
Image of the artist and his boat
The artist and his (you guessed it!) corrugated iron boat

(Image of the Holden (top) from the museum of Te Papa.  All other images from Jeff Thomson’s website here.)

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Comments (20)

A very talented artist indeed, he seems to be able to make anything he puts his mind to make, and his work looks fantastic as well. 🙂
Only an Aussie would come up with the corrugated iron idea, good on him. 😀

Hey Mags – Jeff Thomson is a Kiwi! I’m sure he’ll be pleased to be considered an honorary Aussie, tho’… 🙂

I just assumed he was living in OZ seeing as how he was working with the iron, it just goes to show corrugated iron is in a lot of places, good on him just the same, he does have a talent for it. 🙂

very cool! love that tall tall giraffe!

It’s one of my favourites, too

Call me crazy but THAT right there is a boat I would ride in! Too cool, love the studio!

Doesn’t it look great? I don’t think you’re crazy (yet) – or, if you are then I am, too 🙂

Wow, those giraffes are excellent! Such detail!

He must be strong to work with such material, his creations are awe inspiring.

Hi Lorna – Cheers for checking in! Yes – pretty amazing, aren’t they. Hard to imagine corrugated iron made so beautiful.

It’s quite incredible, thank you for posting!

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