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Michael Le Grand sculpture adorning Civic Square

By 8 March 2011 13

Michael Le Grand sculpture

51modelBloke mailed me a picture this afternoon of a new sculpture in Civic Square.

I decided to head down and take some pictures of it myself.

It turns out that it’s there for three months as part of an exhibition at the Canberra Museum And Gallery of the sculptor Michael Le Grand.

The CMAG website has this to say:

Michael Le Grand: Sculpture
12 March 2011 – 12 June 2011
Gallery 2/3

This exhibition examines the sculpture of leading Australian (and Canberra-based) artist Michael Le Grand, from the late 1970s to 2010. LeGrand’s oeuvre is characterised by his ongoing commitment to the rich traditions of formalist abstract sculpture in metal.

The exhibition ranges from intimate table pieces to monumental and imposing outdoor works. It exemplifies the artist’s dedication to his medium and showcases an exceptional and exciting talent.

They’ve got a slideshow online of the sculpture which will be on display.

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13 Responses to Michael Le Grand sculpture adorning Civic Square
#1
Pommy bastard3:36 pm, 08 Mar 11

As that great Aussie export, Rolf Harris, would say; “Can you tell what it is yet?”

#2
gospeedygo5:28 pm, 08 Mar 11

Abstract Slippery Dip in Blue

#3
creative_canberran5:35 pm, 08 Mar 11

You know, I was walking through Civic today, from West Row, down through the bus interchange into the Canberra Centre via Garema Place and Petrie Plaza. I walk that route several times a week and what I observe never changes.

People of questionable mental stability in the filthy gutters, sometimes getting up to harass people for money. The paint peeling off the older buildings, broken glass and a vast array of stains on walls and pavement. Alley ways emit foul odours only some of which can be explained by the unsightly dumpsters. Garema Place is a vast expanse of dull, uneven pavement with ugly streetwares and tatty buildings, ringed in clogged roads and filthy service ways.

Frankly central Canberra is a filthy, dated and and lacking any modern character. Not the impression one gets strolling the Geelong waterfront where the vision is a clean one, old buildings look charming not decrepit and public art blends in nicely.
This is just shallow, try hard BS that dresses stale mutton as a modern city. Fail.

#4
Pork Hunt7:46 pm, 08 Mar 11

If I wanted a pretentious sounding surname I’d call myself Le Grand too…

#5
INFP8:15 pm, 08 Mar 11

Is there a description from the man himself, Le Grand, regarding what this piece is about or why he created it to be as it is? I am genuinely curious what his own intention/interpretation is.. (i’d like to believe it has more beauty and meaning than I am seeing… or not seeing)

#6
Davo1119:01 am, 09 Mar 11

i like it, doesnt look like it can be stolen by drunks.

#7
sb1411:05 am, 09 Mar 11

I don’t mind it. But how long before someone tags it?

#8
sid11:09 am, 09 Mar 11

According to the CTimes, skaters had started grinding on it within a few hours of its installation. Could have seen that one coming…

#9
sb1411:24 am, 09 Mar 11
#10
Keijidosha12:15 pm, 09 Mar 11

I’m glad the artist was aware of the potential use of the artwork by skateboarders. A good artist knows that once they put their work out there it belongs to the public – for better or worse.

Can’t help but agree with comment #3 though. The Government seems intent on not only trying to polish a turd, but decorate it too.

#11
Stevian1:02 pm, 09 Mar 11

creative_canberran said :

You know, I was walking through Civic today, from West Row, down through the bus interchange into the Canberra Centre via Garema Place and Petrie Plaza. I walk that route several times a week and what I observe never changes.

People of questionable mental stability in the filthy gutters, sometimes getting up to harass people for money. The paint peeling off the older buildings, broken glass and a vast array of stains on walls and pavement. Alley ways emit foul odours only some of which can be explained by the unsightly dumpsters. Garema Place is a vast expanse of dull, uneven pavement with ugly streetwares and tatty buildings, ringed in clogged roads and filthy service ways.

Frankly central Canberra is a filthy, dated and and lacking any modern character. Not the impression one gets strolling the Geelong waterfront where the vision is a clean one, old buildings look charming not decrepit and public art blends in nicely.
This is just shallow, try hard BS that dresses stale mutton as a modern city. Fail.

What he said, in Spades.

But what can we do to fix it?

#12
shadow boxer1:15 pm, 09 Mar 11

INFP said :

Is there a description from the man himself, Le Grand, regarding what this piece is about or why he created it to be as it is? I am genuinely curious what his own intention/interpretation is.. (i’d like to believe it has more beauty and meaning than I am seeing… or not seeing)

its a formalist abstract sculpture so it doesn’t really mean or represent anything, it just exists for its own sake (I think)

#13
51modelBloke6:09 pm, 09 Mar 11

Another addition has appeared today johnboy. Not sure what it represents, I wasn’t enthusiastic enough to go and look closer

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