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Art for the Stanhope memorial gardens

By johnboy - 31 July 2010 24

The Canberra Times brings word (for some reason there’s been no media release, just a highly selective media event) of a $242,000 sculpture for the new arboretum.

It’s the words “Wide brown land” written in steel (brown steel mind you).

One would think we’ve moved beyond the hackneyed dross of Dorothea Mackellar’s My Country but hey, if it’s going to flutter the hearts of the oldies is a quarter million too much to pay?

What’s Your opinion?


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Art for the Stanhope memorial gardens
phototext 9:40 pm 31 Jul 10

I think it will look cool.

“The $242,000 sculpture, by artists Kate Owen and Daniel Zika and writer Chris Viney”

Dunno why they needed a writer on the team, to spell check perhaps.

johnboy 9:17 pm 31 Jul 10

And just think what the local scene would be like if local sculptors were trousering this kind of wonga.

JessicaNumber 9:08 pm 31 Jul 10

And for another quarter million I’ll compose a soundtrack to go with it. It will convey the majesty and grace of the wide brown Australian landscape.

Oh, we’re only funding “public art” if it’s ostentatious sculpture?

Frankly, I’m jealous.

MissChief 9:04 pm 31 Jul 10

Oh Cheeses! The wide brown land of the arboretum? Or maybe it will be after the next bush fire.

cranky 7:26 pm 31 Jul 10

Is there any way of establishing what other monstrous waste of ratepayer money has been commissioned by Sonic.

He seems to have the keys to the vault. What he decides is ‘art’ is given a dream financial run. Everyone else has to fight tooth and nail for their funding.

Something is not right in this scheme of things. Personal whims should not be able to be financed from the public pocket.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 7:12 pm 31 Jul 10

So that’s how much it costs. I noticed that WIN completely missed that point in their entirely positive story about the monstrosity.

BimboGeek 6:31 pm 31 Jul 10

…is a quarter million too much to pay?

For art, no.

For the words “Wide brown land” written in wide brown steel, you bet your arse!

Mr Evil 4:58 pm 31 Jul 10

A 200ft tall Jim Morrison statue would have been far better, especially if it was surrounded by the 6ft tall words in steel, “Come on Baby, light my fire”.

Tony 3:24 pm 31 Jul 10

Wow, thats a lot of steal, its must be worth a bundle.

They have trouble keep the trees from thieves, I fear this sculpture has a very bleak future.

BTW, what a waste of money.

Ari 2:07 pm 31 Jul 10

Mere paranoid assumptions, JB.

johnboy 1:52 pm 31 Jul 10

Yeah, large scale media events selectively spoonfed to friendly outlets is soo much edgier.

Ari 1:41 pm 31 Jul 10

That assumes there was one.

It actually has been known for some outlets to report news not generated by press release.

johnboy 1:27 pm 31 Jul 10

Tricky when the media alert is selective too.

Ari 1:22 pm 31 Jul 10

for some reason there’s been no media release

Actual legwork too daunting, eh?

jumanji 1:09 pm 31 Jul 10

Hopefully the heart flutters will lead to a few heart attacks, which should reduce the pension bill… social engineering at work!

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