Tag Archives: public art

A sculpture walk though Civic


When reading the latest thought bubbles from the property lobby, it was difficult to avoid laughing out loud. In their quest to improve Civic business activity, the Civic property lobby has recommended that the ACT Government should hand over money to assist in the refurbishment of the Melbourne and Sydney buildings.
Let’s be clear — these [...]

A review of Canberra’s public memorial artwork


Public sculpture commissioned in the memory of our dignitaries has been known to cause a stir amongst art lovers as well as those who take a position on public art.
In recent days there’s been chatter internationally about a statue erected back in 2009 to honour Lucille Ball, which sparked a Facebook group titled We love Lucy! [...]

Kanagroos in Flight

By 20 May 2014

Snapped these new art sculptures out at the Canberra International Airport right next to the runway. Through some investigation the airport informed me that “Roos” is the latest sculpture from sculptor Jeff Thomson. It is the 14th installation overall through the airports commitment to public art.

Well these persons of interest look reasonably distinctive…

By 9 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking to identify two women who were involved in the theft of a piece of a statue in Petri Plaza on Sunday (December 8) morning.
Around 12.30am the Three Fat Men statue in Petri Plaza, Civic was vandalised and the smallest ‘fat man’ taken.
Police would like to speak to the women pictured in [...]

Well that didn’t take long. Vandals strike On The Staircase again.

By 8 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This just in to us via Twitter.
ArtsACT need to try harder on vandal-proofing.
Or just electrify after hours.
Saddened to see Keld Moseholm's "On the staircase" is missing a man again. Disgusting vandalism. cc @The_RiotACT
— Sonja Barfoed (@SonjaBarfoed) December 8, 2013

UPDATE: Intriguingly this morning only one little man is missing:

What holds you back? Art on Bunda Street

By 27 September 2013

Local music producer Dax Liniere has made an addition to the mystery cage of Bunda Street.
He sent in the below images with these words:
“I wanted to do something positive for the community. Hopefully it will help someone.”

[Some photography by Adam Thomas]

The ACT Public Art Map


Is there anything Canberrans like talking about more than Public Art? Well there’s bicycles, maybe dogs.. Cats.. But after that, definitely public art.
ArtsACT has added an ACT Public Art Database page to their website.
It pushes through to a very handy Google Map.
Now you can be sure you’ve checked out all the Art.
So you can have [...]

UNA up close. Images of Canberra

By 13 May 2013

Calen Robinson has sent in this quirky look at ANU’s new UNA sculpture by Wolfgang Buttress.
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Magpie based public art rehab. Images of Canberra.

By 30 April 2013

Hannah has sent in this touching effort on the part of the local wildlife to heal the drunken damage to public art.
It’s good to see On The Staircase make it to three!
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And then there were two. Why we can’t have nice things


“On the Staircase” by Keld Moseholm has been a favourite piece of public art on Petrie Plaza for some time.
It’s such a pity it was not built to withstand the mindless fury of the Canberra public.
Where once four little men created an exercise in perspective we’re now down to two.
It seems like a real pity.

New art on Latin American Plaza


What should I spy this morning but new art just off Marcus Clarke Street?

With an empty plaque it’s a bit tricky but I think I’ve got this.
Rising up from the bedrock of Australia a gleaming modern edifice holds up a mass of humanity.
Standing atop this mass is a privileged elite making offerings to the empty [...]

My Joker Face. Images of Canberra

By 4 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

On Flemington Road in Franklin, a public artwork has experienced a slight touch up.
In my haste to grab a photo, I didn’t actually bother reading the plaque, so I have no idea of its original purpose or meaning (if anyone does, I would love to know). I mean, was it there to instill nightmares into [...]

New public art in Woden

By 11 January 2013

This in from Tiffany:
I took this yesterday on my way up to the mall (sorry about the iPhone quality)
I’m not too sure if I really like it or if its really creepy.
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Wild Things makes the cut for Flickerfest

By 10 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

ArtsACT are rather excited that a short film featuring Canberra public art has is getting a big audience:
The documentary Wild Things – featuring the ACT’s very own public artwork bush pack (nil tenure) – has been accepted to screen at the international short film festival Flickerfest on 20 January 2013 in Sydney. Wild Things documents [...]

Who is Joy Birch?

By 4 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Pork Hunt has noticed that the plaque for the newest piece of public art in Civic proclaims it was launched (unveiled surely) by a “Joy Birch”.
We’ve enquired of Joy Burch’s office what’s being done and how much it’s going to cost and will let you know.
This from the office that produced the Rolltide tweet.

UPDATE 05/12/12 [...]

The Other Side of Midnight comes to City Walk. New public art

By 4 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Joy Burch has unveiled the above new sculpture by Anne Ross on City Walk.
And when I say unveiled, well this is what it looked like last night:

We hope they built it strong because by 1500 this afternoon it was already getting climbed on.

We can only imagine the effect it will have on wide eyed clubbers [...]

Public art app?

By 3 December 2012

Idea for an app for public art

The Goddess of Water comes to Childers Street

By 21 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Chief Minister Gallagher has let it be known that a new sculpture has been installed on Latin American Plaza:
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Her Excellency Mrs Beatriz Lopez Gargallo, Ambassador of Mexico, this evening unveiled a sculpture donated to Canberra by Mission Foods, with the support of the Mexican Government.
Installed at the [...]

Gross mismanagement of Government Funds

By 15 October 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

How is it okay for the government to waste so much of our money on Public Art in Canberra?
The “scrap metal” on the Gungahlin drive cost us $750,000 !!!!
Imagine you had $750,000 …… what could you do with it? Surely you could do more than buy a scrap pile of metal? The government should be [...]

Wind sculpture sparkling. Images of Canberra

By 20 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Enst Fries imaginatively named “Wind Sculpture” was dancing in the wind and light this afternoon so I thought I’d share.
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A sculptor’s view of public art. Because it’s just an owl right?

By 18 September 2012

Behold the work of “Some awesome chick with mad photoshop skills who despite being a budding sculptor has little regard for the sanctity of public art” as she has chosen to be known.
Who would have thought a dream lens for the future and an owl could be so inspirational?
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A toilet looking suspiciously like public art


From our lofty eyrie we’ve been wondering what’s going on with the newishly installed Exeloo Titan in the bus interchange.
Territory and Municipal Services keep making apologetic noises about not being able to get back to us on what they’re doing and yet no answer arrives.
This morning it looks a lot like public art:

I’m sure someone [...]

A framework for Arts Policy


Talking about arts policy is much easier than making art, and considerably more lucrative. Overnight Joy Burch has released an ACT Arts Policy Framework.
Ms Burch said the ACT Arts Policy Framework provides a renewed focus for Government support for the arts in coming years, including strengthening whole-of-Government strategies to promote the local arts sector.
“We received [...]

Oxygen thief or future Canberra Art Prize winner?


Saw this at the ANU. I hope the tax payer is not footing the bill for this degree…
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A pair of Ibises on Ibis Street, how clever


Robbie has sent in this picture of Neil Dickinson’s contribution to Ibis Street in Nicholls.
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Word of Mouth. Abstract art at Canberra Museum and Gallery


[ 23 June 2012 to 19 August 2012. ]

The Canberra Museum and Gallery opened up a new gallery on the 23rd called Word of Mouth. It is pretty obvious what they are trying to do with giving it such an auspicious title; they want word of the exhibition to be spread around. Well, that’s what I’m going to do because it damn well [...]

The Stanhope legacy owl returns to Belconnen

By 26 June 2012

We have the happy news that the “owl” has returned to Belconnen.
Would it even be Belconnen without an enourmous phallus on a major road?
It’s been away for repainting. Non Government political candidates in Ginninderra should form an orderly queue to be photographed with it from the worst angles.
Bonus points to the candidate using perspective tricks [...]

Street art in Garema Place. Glad wrapping poles


I was walking through Garema Place today and, unsurprisingly, I saw something a bit odd. There was a man just casually wrapping some cling film around two poles outside of Impact Comics. I’ve seen quite a few strange things at Garema and I decided to stick this one out, to see if he was going [...]

Canberra bashing as street art?


The corner of Northbourne and Alinga is the beating heart of the city.
So one would assume that if someone wrote “I HATE CANBERRA” in foot high letters across the Northbourne Avenue axis and it was there for several weeks it had some sort of official sanction?
High visibility and lined up with all the flagpoles and [...]

Public Art on Drakeford Drive. Images of Canberra


I’ve been wanting to have a closer look at this since I first saw it a few months ago.
I understand it’s representative of Bogong Moths in flight, but I call it “Finding Nemo”.
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Swing and roundabout for Gandhi in Glebe Park


While in Glebe Park to get a quick pic of the toilets I couldn’t help noticing Gandhi’s balancing out his wins and losses.
The birds have not been kind to his head but it was nice of someone to leave him some flowers.

Public art on the corner of Moore and Rudd Streets


Somehow we missed the appearance of two works by Jon Tarry in Civic West last November.
And yet there they are!

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