Albury's Jordan Hiles puts transformer statue on front lawn for wife

NOT QUITE A LAWN GNOME: The large metal structure out the front of the Albury home is made out of scrap metal by artist Michael Laubli.
NOT QUITE A LAWN GNOME: The large metal structure out the front of the Albury home is made out of scrap metal by artist Michael Laubli.

When your partner is having a bad week you might buy them some flowers or treat them to a nice dinner, or organise to do an activity that they love.

That might be the typical approach, but Jordan Hiles did something a little different for her wife when she brought home a nine-foot tall female transformer statue.

"My wife was having a bit of a terrible week so I decided to cheer her up," she said.

"I collaborated with the artist to get her set in the front yard, waited until the wife went to work and he snuck over with the statue in the back of the trailer and we set it up."

Her wife Georgia Ellis' response?

"What have you done?"

Mrs Hiles said her wife loved it, but was even happier she only had it on loan and didn't buy it.

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NSW artist Michael Laubli created the massive metal structure as a comment on the lack of female transformers in the modern blockbuster franchise.

"They've got quite a large audience and pretty much every resource at their beck and call for making these movies and I thought something a bit more inclusive would be good," he said.

"It's 2021 now, not 1950."

The Albury artist said he's loved being able to display his work out the front of the pair's home.

ON DISPLAY: The home of Jordan Hiles and Georgia Ellis has had a large metal transformer statue on the front lawn for the past month. Pictures: JAMES WILTSHIRE.

ON DISPLAY: The home of Jordan Hiles and Georgia Ellis has had a large metal transformer statue on the front lawn for the past month. Pictures: JAMES WILTSHIRE.

"It's been really good having it there because their house is situated between two schools so lots of kids got to engage with it and maybe it's a bit inspiring for them," Laubli said.

"This stuff exists and they can do it as well."

Laubli knew the couple from his visits to Mrs Hiles' Brew Cart and said he felt great to be a part of helping them out.

"That's the reason I do art, so people can connect like that," Laubli said.

Mrs Hiles said the neighbours all seemed to enjoy the temporary front yard art installation.

"It's been really awesome having her in our front yard, we've had heaps of people stop to take photos and admire her," she said.

"It's just really nice to have a bit of art in the area. She's certainly brought some joy to the neighbourhood."

The artwork is titled The Right Man For The Job.