Art, but not as we know it.

Special G 20 January 2008 43

I have driven past this a bunch of times and have been meaning to take a picture to post. Finally got around to it.

The ‘sculpture’ is at the intersection of Gungahlin Drive and the Barton Hwy. You know the one. How much did this thing cost?

Nicely off set on the other side by the power lines.

GDE art

GDE art 2

GDE powerline

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43 Responses to Art, but not as we know it.
I-filed I-filed 6:44 pm 21 Jan 08

It’s nearly as bad as the red thing on London Circuit near the ramp up onto Commonwealth Avenue (where the old YWCA or was it YMCA was).

mikey mikey 5:34 pm 21 Jan 08

Was this before or after Crazy Gungahlin Grader Guy ran amok?

howdy howdy 2:06 pm 21 Jan 08

If you don’t like it there’s nothing in the revised road rules that says you can’t run into it.

Just make sure you indicate to make clear your intentions!

Mr Evil Mr Evil 1:58 pm 21 Jan 08

I hope it’s carbon neutral!

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 1:25 pm 21 Jan 08

Its probably just the flux-induction phased particle generator we used to fight off the Draconian\Orions.

But the thing sure is ugly.

howdy howdy 1:18 pm 21 Jan 08

I think you might be onto something there Sammy…

Mr Evil Mr Evil 1:06 pm 21 Jan 08

Maybe it’s the aerials for a ‘secret’ comms centre?

Thumper Thumper 12:33 pm 21 Jan 08

It looks as though it should be a memorial to all the train tracks blown up in WW2

Sammy Sammy 12:32 pm 21 Jan 08

This ‘artwork’ reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Homer attempts to construct a backyard barbecue, and ends up with something akin to the artwork in question.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:16 pm 21 Jan 08

Looks like all the portfolios Katy’s ever had – after shes finished with them!

howdy howdy 11:49 am 21 Jan 08

I was actually told it was meant to resemble the construction process of the GDE.


neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 11:11 am 21 Jan 08

“And meanwhile Tharwa still can’t get a fking bridge.”

Tharwa can get its bridge, VNBerlinaV8 , it’s just in kit-form beside the Barton Highway. Some of the beams are a little bent, but anyone with experience with mechano should be able to put it together.

Mælinar Mælinar 10:28 am 21 Jan 08

I agree with the V2 comment – a perfect use of otherwise scrap metal, at very little cost to the consumer, whereas this thing is making somebody with an arc welder and the gall to call this art very rich.

In preference, I think an appropriate investment in native grass seed ($30?) would have given me the idea that there was native grass there better than this.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:06 am 21 Jan 08

Oh, and the fact that the sculpture has been painted grey (assuming it is not an undercoat) so that it blends in with the neighbouring power lines was also a masterstroke. Haha… oh dear!

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:04 am 21 Jan 08

I’m all for a bit of public art and the entrance ways into Melbourne are, by and large, very impressive.

The Canberra effort highlighted here, on the other hand, is a bitter disappointment in my opinion. Even more so if it is actually supposed to represent native grasses. Perhaps it would be too literal or too obvious, but to think the lovely effect possible from actually mirroring the gentle curves of grasses flowing in the wind was neglected for something more akin to a few strands of left over spaghetti is questionable to say the least.

Maybe it was a case of you get what you pay for.

hingo hingo 9:29 am 21 Jan 08

They should have put that V-2 Rocket there instead. Thats something worth looking at.

TAD TAD 9:12 am 21 Jan 08

$750,000 was for all the “art” along the GDE. Perhaps there are some more “beauties” to go.

howdy howdy 12:30 am 21 Jan 08

I believe it’s a constructive attempt to stop you being distracted by the pretty pond and lovely big tree at the bottom of the turn off. Fears were people would be too distracted by the scenery and run off the edge off the cliff.

Or maybe it’s to stop impatient people pulling over into the right before they relised there was now oncoming traffic “oh crap, lucky that steel distracted me from overtaking or I would have run into someone”.

I just hope it was scrap metal cause it looks like it ..

ant ant 11:18 pm 20 Jan 08

It is crazy, that Tharwa’s bridge remains un-repaired and people die in hosptial waiting rooms, while money is squandered on stuff like this. Yes, we “need” public art etc, but there should be a list with the most important things at the top. Expensive metal girders stuck in the ground…. surely not.

gooterz gooterz 10:40 pm 20 Jan 08

Lets hope they pull it down when they put the light rail in..

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