Marcus is known for her sculptures, made from aluminium kitchenware from second-hand shops. She likes the way recycled materials bring memories of their past uses to a new context. The 15 spheres of Steam were installed as a public artwork in the new Brisbane Square, Queensland, in October 2006. This installation was based on Fall, an earlier work made of vegetable steamers. These works referred to the geodesic domes of 1940s architect and inventor, Buckminster Fuller. The company Cheras was engaged to fabricate 7000 steamers; Queensland Spinners pressed 480 plates; a hole-drilling machine created a million holes; and Everything Metal bolted the plates together and welded the steamers in place.

In thinking about this transformation of her work through industry, Donna Marcus reflects ‘I have not forgotten I am a sheet-metalworker’s daughter’.

Marcus’ work was included in the 2007 exhibition 'Smart works: design and the handmade’ at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

Powerhouse Museum
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