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Canberra Public Art Walking Tours

By che 27 April 2005 12

CityNews has this advertorial from Magdy Youssef encouraging everyone to get out and explore and appreciate the public art spaces that are around Civic. They’ve even provided this guide to the walking tour of Canberra Public Art.

Anyone who has some free time on their hands and does some or all of the tour we’d love to get an independent write-up.

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johnboy 11:23 pm 28 Apr 05

Especially given that the sheep on the ground looks more like he is lining up to deliver a rimjob rather than a rodgering.

I reckon he’s tensing to pounce.

RandomGit 4:30 pm 28 Apr 05

Especially given that the sheep on the ground looks more like he is lining up to deliver a rimjob rather than a rodgering.

Ari 4:10 pm 28 Apr 05

Sure, the official line carries on about it being a satirical salute to an early pastoralist.

But is the satire meant to suggest he liked to root sheep?

It can’t be that everyone involved naively missed the obvious connotations.

RandomGit 1:22 pm 28 Apr 05

johnboy, why RTFM when we can add ever more painful assumptions about sheep and pornography?

Party pooper.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 9:21 pm 27 Apr 05

That guide is brilliant: Item 12, 21, 29, 30, 33, 39 “Untitled”. A number of these items have been named, or refered to by name in the press, so why they are calling them untitled…it also looks unprofessional, they could at least have a one or two word description.
Under item 29 is an unumbered, unpictured, untitled item, that makes it fun…
I notice that “Twilight” made it in there…you should have seen them scrubbing the graffiti off just before Stanhope officially opened it. I think he wanted media attention for it, but nobody seemed to cover it.


johnboy 7:50 pm 27 Apr 05


Anyone interested in doing the art walk this Saturday wih a digital camera and provide an alternative commentary?

Should be lots of fun.

Email if you want to be in.

johnboy 7:48 pm 27 Apr 05

If you were to RTFM you’d find the following inadequate explanation:

The national capital has ironically been described as ‘a good sheep paddock spoiled’ and this sculpture is a satirical salute to one of Canberra’s early pastoralists – James Ainslie. In 1825, Ainslie arrived with 700 sheep to establish Duntroon Station which originally encompassed Reid, Campbell, Mount Ainslie, Glebe Park, and the Royal Military College. Ainslie returned to Scotland in 1835, leaving a flock of 20,000.

The embroidered waistcoat on the chair arm refers to Ainslie’s flamboyant dress sense, and to an incident when his clotheswere stolen by bushrangers and retrieved his favourite waistcoat.

Aside from being gramatically surprising, it still doesn’t explain why the sheep on the ground looks like it’s getting ready to seriously roger the other.

Spitfire3 6:08 pm 27 Apr 05

Maybe the powers-that-be wanted something that combines an aspect of the Canberra area’s past (sheep grazing) with the way of the future (porn).

Ari 4:41 pm 27 Apr 05

Does anoyone know how exactly those X-rated farm animals came about?

RandomGit 3:59 pm 27 Apr 05

Roundabout = Merri-go-round *blush*

RandomGit 3:58 pm 27 Apr 05

Roundabout? Hell, it’s the sheep porn that really confounds me.

Santa 2:53 pm 27 Apr 05

One must question wether a historically significant merri-go-round is actually a public art installation.

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