Tim, inventor of Guinness-in-a-biscuit, gives you the ultimate
Guide to Hep:
As I'm sure you'll agree - there
is nothing that says "The
people that live in this house are exceedingly Hep" like a
tyre swan in the front yard (unless it's a broken down and rusted
49 Ford for the kiddies to play in - see our Hep car section).
Everyone talks about the fifties
being a time of fantastic design and flair, then refers to chrome
toasters, fins on
cars, and the
old kelvinator... but for me, these majestic guardians of the
suburban family home take pride of place.
These masterpieces of Australian
Art used to cover the suburban landscape, and I for one think
it's a damn shame that they
seem to have all but disappeared. We at Legend Feel Co. think
way past time for a come back. So go get yourself an old tyre
Mark out the design on the tyre and
cut it out. A Stanley knife is good enough for most things and
probably the authentic
way of working - but they are Goddamn sharp, and tyres are
when it comes to cutting - so do yourself a favour and
get a jigsaw.
The design is really just a head
shape and a neck about 10cm wide. Leave about a third of the
tyre uncut, then
out and it will splay out to form the swan.
Get some fairly sturdy wire (a trusty coat hanger will
do the job just fine), and run wire under the neck to
it (white or pink) then sit it in the most prominent
part of the garden (on either side of the driveway works
even want to place a pot plant on it's back, or even
a little to stop some bastard stealing it.
Do the above, but use a smaller tyre,
the ones that come off vespas and light aircraft.
Tyre chickens can make wonderful adornments to your
inner city flat or back yard, not to mention flower
Do the above, but use a dirty great
tyre off a furgusen tractor, or an open-cut mining truck. An
cut-mining truck tyre
costs about $25,000, which is a small price to
pay if you want a Hep
||A zillion and 23/10
LFC-reporters Joanie and Pete Purcell
sent us this image to prove how much Canberra residents are
embracing the Legend Feel Co guide-to-Hep.
Canberra's Commonwealth Park, is
currently displaying the new 3-D scale models for the Department
of Australian style.
The new ministry, planned for construction
in 2006, is going to be an enormous tyre swan, based on top-advice
Tim (who will also become Minister of Australian-style,
and no-doubt get an O.A.M. in the process)
Prominent Australian Architects are showing their designs
for the building, and skinny Tim will pick the winner in
2005. Which will be me.