About this video

Sustainability, the environment and the role of women in society are all themes that artist and sculptor Ros Burgin has explored in her work. But why use bicycle tyres, escalator handrails, fishing net rollers or magazines rather than clay or bronze?

Discussion suggestions

  • What materials does Ros Burgin use to make her sculptures?
  • Are these materials that you expect to see sculptures made from?
  • Do you think her use of ordinary everyday materials and objects affects how we look at her sculptures?
  • What techniques does Ros Burgin use?
  • Do you like her sculptures? Which of the sculptures discussed in the video do you find the most interesting and why?
  • Do you think her sculptures are just something to look at or do you think she uses them to put across a message?
  • Can you think of any other artists that use ‘found’ everyday objects or materials in their work?

Further research: found objects and materials in art

Explore more artists who use found everyday objects and find activity suggestions in this Art UK lesson plan resource: 

Find out about some of the different ways artists have used found objects from the early twentieth century to the present day, in this Art UK Curation:

Discover more artworks on Art UK made from found objects and materials:


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