Robyn Archer unveiled a new sculpture today at the Royal Australian Mint today.
‘Floating Currency’ is a collection of resin coins that were previously used to make coins, and now used to try and make making coins more interesting. Respresented is each standard decimal coin design released since 1965.
“This new sculpture, ‘Floating Currency’, is a welcome addition to the diverse Centenary of Canberra program delivered by the Royal Australian Mint,” said Ms Robyn Archer.
“The creativity and collaboration behind this work resonates with the high ideals on which Canberra was founded, and the recognition of which is one of the aims of the Centenary of Canberra” said Ms Archer.
The concept for the sculpture was envisioned by Chris Mether of Whitecube, who grew up in Canberra and has also recently completed design work for the National Archives of Australia for the Design 29 exhibition and the National Museum of Australia.
This milestone event for the Mint also marks the beginning of a range of improvements for Mint visitors which have already started. These include a new foyer display of beautiful old minting machinery and new way-finding signage, as well as a revamped cafe.
The photos look quite pretty, and I like the idea of this piece. However, I’m not sure if it’s enough to make me change my position that the Mint is still the most boring school excursion location in the ACT.
Sorry, it seems I’m still holding some grudges from grade 5.