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$400k for more public art in Civic

By johnboy - 17 October 2009 4

The Canberra Times brings word that “imposing” bronze sculptures of birds are going up around Civic.

And pleasingly it’s a local artist getting the work.

Chief Minister and Minister for the Arts and Heritage, Jon Stanhope, said yesterday the $388,357 works by renowned Canberra artist Jan Brown were funded from the 2008-09 Percent-for-Art budget.

”Jan Brown has reinterpreted the Icarus legend for these sculptures using the prolific local bird life of Canberra for inspiration,” Mr Stanhope said.

The models of the figures, which range from 1.8 to 2.6m in height, were made in Canberra at the ANU Sculpture Workshop before being cast in Melbourne. ”This has provided a unique learning opportunity for the students about the processes involved in the production of a major art work,” Mr Stanhope said.

Something to look forward to in Petrie Plaza

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$400k for more public art in Civic
Clown Killer 9:31 pm 17 Oct 09

To be honest I’d rather see the money spent on something substantial like this stuff than just pissed away in a plethora of small grants to nobody artists, or worse still – simply sqandered on flowerbeds, public schools or hand-outs to twats who over-extended themselves on their mortgage.

sepi 6:10 pm 17 Oct 09

Jan Brown is a fantastic local artist, and has donated a heap of her smaller sculptures to ACT museums in the past.

Huge statues like this just don’t get made without being commissioned by governments or millionaires, – it think this is going to be fantastic!

Hells_Bells74 5:45 pm 17 Oct 09

Agreed Felix the Cat, what I detected from it – the school provides the materials, they call it a learning experience (a little free slave trade) and subsidise everything and then one lucky entity gets almost $400,000? I can only hope they meant the whole kit and kaboodle cost that much when everyone including the Melbourne manufacture?

Still too much, would’ve rather seen ten local artists given contracts or something and lots of works went on, geez it’s like the signs around the place, they must be hiding gold in ’em!

Felix the Cat 5:27 pm 17 Oct 09

While it’s a good a local Canberra person is benefiting from this I reckon there are more important things that $400K could buy.

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