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by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Published June 3rd 2016
Tempered to Perfection
Blue Temper Ironworks, Middleton, Galleries, sculpture


Add a little interest to your Sunday drive with a stop at Blue Temper Ironworks Gallery. Located on the main road from Goolwa to Port Elliot, it is easy to find and has its own parking. Blue Temper Ironworks is the work and display space of the talented Chris Murphy.

Blue Temper Ironworks Gallery features many beautiful pieces to jazz up your outdoor living areas. At home among the gum trees are kangaroos, sheep, dandelions and Neptune balls.

Blue Temper Ironworks, Middleton, Galleries, sculpture
Kangaroo, an entry in the 2016 Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures


Fire bowls with curlicues and spaceship pizza ovens hidden inside gas cylinders are some of the outdoor functional items with durability and pizzazz.

Blue Temper Ironworks, Middleton, Galleries, sculpture


Sheep graze blissfully in the bushes, leaving all the intellectual activity to the Thinkers Sphere.

Blue Temper Ironworks, Middleton, Galleries, sculpture


Swirly drawer knobs, mirrors, candelabras, shelf brackets and wall ornaments are but a few of the smaller decorative and functional pieces that Chris makes.



Blue Temper Ironworks, Middleton, Galleries, sculpture


Born at Blue Temper

Blue Temper Ironworks is also the birth place of many of my favourite Brighton Jetty Classic exhibits. Make a Wish (2016) entices you to stand on tiptoe and blow the giant dandelion seeds away.

Blue Temper Ironworks, Middleton, sculpture, galleries
Make a Wish towering over The Four Seasons by Marc Spurgin


Who could forget Gene the Giraffe Standing Tall on Surf-ari?

Here's Gene hanging out at Brighton Beach for the 2014 Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures. Gene had many visitors interacting with the sculpture exhibition by trying to guess the number of scales on his body. They hoped to be the lucky winner of a Blue Temper Ironworks voucher. Gene, himself, was a winner of the People's Choice Award. Gene now watches the trams go by in Maxwell Terrace, Glenelg.

Blue Temper Ironworks, Middleton, Galleries, sculpture
Gene the Giraffe (Standing Tall on a Surfing Surf-ari)


Wave of the Day, winner of the Outdoor Sculpture, posed dramatically for photographs in 2013 at the Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures.

It is currently installed, but on loan, at Middleton Point. The local community are raising funds to keep Wave of the Day at Middleton as a permanent installation.

Blue Temper Ironworks, Middleton, Galleries, sculpture


My Big Red Heart, by Jayd Van Der Meer, (another creative sculptor at Blue Temper Ironworks), had visitors to the sculptures queuing to stand framed by the heart for their next romantic facebook profile pic, me included.

Blue Temper Ironworks, Middleton, Galleries, sculpture
My Big Red Heart. Photograph Blue Temper Ironworks


What will be the next inspiring sculpture to be born at Blue Temper Ironworks? Pop in and see.

All photographs of Chris Murphy's work by JA Rossiter.
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Why? Enjoy large scale creativity
When: Sundays from 11.00am - 5.00pm, except the last Sunday of the month
Monday to Friday by appointment
Phone: 0439 844 774
Where: 737 Port Elliot Road, Middleton
Cost: Free
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