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Art for the Stanhope memorial gardens

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?

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24 Responses to Art for the Stanhope memorial gardens
bobbatty 8:02 pm 01 Aug 10

Jesus Christ, you’d think Stanhope had become a Green sticking his mates ‘sculpture’ in amongst the trees. But to be positive, the 20 people a year who go to the arboretum might like a laugh.

The Frots 7:32 pm 01 Aug 10

I thought that this ridiculous purchase of ‘art’ by this moron Stanhope was finished? Didn’t the public long ago say ‘enough is enough’? What the hell is wrong with this local Government – come on the next election so we can (hopefully) get rid of this idiot!

housebound 3:39 pm 01 Aug 10

johnboy said :

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

Ari said :

Mere paranoid assumptions, JB.

No, not assumptions. Just rightly placed paranoia. It seems to be the way Stanhope’s government works these days.

Ian 1:12 pm 01 Aug 10

I actually think it looks quite ok.

But if its commissioned by ACT Government, it has to have a spelling error in it somewhere, “wide borwn land” anyone?

p1 11:32 am 01 Aug 10

Couldn’t they insist that the fabrication is don’t locally when they commission stuff like this. Quite apart from the economic implications for local industry, there is the “art miles” impact to consider.

Pommy bastard 9:27 am 01 Aug 10

Honest to Christ! Apart from the utter irony of “wide brown land” at an arboretum, FFS, is there no artist capable of producing something more suitable as a tribute to Stan’s monstrous ego?

How much more taxpayers money will this idiot waste on bizarre pieces of (s)crap?

JessicaNumber 11:36 pm 31 Jul 10

phototext said :

Dunno why they needed a writer on the team

I hope it’s not for writing funding applications. I’d like to think they are available to the best artists and performers, not just the ones that can team up with the best writers!

Thumper 10:55 pm 31 Jul 10


I’ll help you write the piece. I’m thinking epic sort of wank in Am…

Antagonist 10:09 pm 31 Jul 10

$242k for that eyesore? I wonder what they are willing to pay for a fibreglass zebra’s head?

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.

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.

    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.

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-Stewart 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.

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 1:52 pm 31 Jul 10

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

Ari 1:22 pm 31 Jul 10

for some reason there’s been no media release

Actual legwork too daunting, eh?

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