Images of Canberra – Civic public art walking tour Episode 28, Father and Son

johnboy 24 May 2006 6

On Saturday 08-APR-06 we did the Civic Public Art Walking Tour and lived to tell the tale.

And so, I present to you item # 28, Father and Son, by John Downie. It’s in Garema Place

Father and Son - by John Downie

The guide says:

This artwork was presented to the people
of Canberra by the Hon. Alex Downer in
memory of his father Sir John Downer.
Originally installed in 1964, Father and Son
was restored and relocated in Garema
Place with a new marble base in 1986.

It’s worth noting that the “Hon. Alex Downer” was Sir “Alec” Downer, the father of the current Minister for Foreign affairs. Sir John is the Downer the inner-north suburb is named after.

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6 Responses to Images of Canberra – Civic public art walking tour Episode 28, Father and Son
RandomGit RandomGit 8:36 pm 27 Aug 07

I’m sick and tired of talking about the pedo fountain to interstaters. A bit saddle sore as well.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:09 pm 25 May 06

“No Alex, you can’t have the fishnet stockings that I’ve have in this small container!”

Blamemonkey Blamemonkey 3:16 pm 24 May 06

I’m surprised RG hasn’t piped up about this piece of art yet

Slinky the Shocker Slinky the Shocker 2:34 pm 24 May 06

Would explain a thing or two about the grandson.

simto simto 2:32 pm 24 May 06

Hm, I must admit, looking at the fountain, the relationship doesn’t look exactly parental…

Slinky the Shocker Slinky the Shocker 1:03 pm 24 May 06

So the Suburb Downer dude was the Grandfather of Lord Downer of Bagdhad? Glad I live in Hackett…

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