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Commissioned text from writers for public sculpture…

By I-filed - 21 August 2007 21

Here are the four texts submitted by Canberra writers to inspire creators of a public art sculpture in Northbourne Ave.

What do Canberrans want in a $1 million public sculpture? What should be inspiring the artists?

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21 Responses to
Commissioned text from writers for public sculpture…
Mr Evil 9:59 am 22 Aug 07

SIEV X memorial on City Hill! 😉

Then we can feel really bad about ourselves on the way to work each morning.

Actually, why can’t we have something really inspiring like those giant crossed swords they have in Baghdad?

jr 9:56 am 22 Aug 07

@stung:
Genuine (street) art is fine… but having ones house and property tagged (I had my house hit recently) doesn’t classify as “art” in my books and I’d much rather have bland bricks on my house.

Stung 9:26 am 22 Aug 07

“I want to see that $1 million spent on fixing the health system, bringing rates down, filling potholes in the road or getting rid of graffiti instead… (i think you get the idea… there are far more important things that a million dollars can do)”

Getting rid of graffiti? Yea great idea, let’s make Canberra a little bit more bland and boring shall we… Cover the locals artwork with grey & biege buff paint, yea that’s really a good look.

LG 9:23 am 22 Aug 07

oh.. and you can paint pretty pictures round the edges of the new carpark

LG 9:20 am 22 Aug 07

more civic parking.. i’m getting fed up with, after having purchased a montly pre-paid ACT Government parking ticket, having to park either on the other side of town or park at the Canberra Centre because all the $7.50/day parking spaces in civic are filled by 8:30..

Thumper 8:37 am 22 Aug 07

How about a giant drongo?

Sorry, currawong to those out there who don’t know what a drongo is…

sepi 8:20 am 22 Aug 07

A gigantic Galah

Thumper 8:02 am 22 Aug 07

Well, you all know what we really should have, and that is…

the 50 foot tall statue of Jim Morrision!

Seriously, why don’t we just leave it as it is?

Even more seriously, Jim Morrison statue!

Where is the petition for the Lizard King?

Pandy 7:56 am 22 Aug 07

We need something that is awe inspiring that puts paid to Canberras staid image. Soemthing like a big cock jutting thru the ground. (Well Rundle Mall Adelaide has King Kongs balls) That would complement the big vulva in the sculpture garden of the NGA.

DarkLadyWolfMother 7:46 am 22 Aug 07

a dragway

Down Northbourne?

Aeek 12:17 am 22 Aug 07

a dragway

southerner 11:10 pm 21 Aug 07

a dinng room – Sorry, a dining room

southerner 11:09 pm 21 Aug 07

I’d like to see people understand that we can be a little bit proud of our home and a million dollars to create an icon isn’t that unrealistic. Don’t complain about the waste of money, but suggest something visually appealing yet practical. My offering is to build a single floor building in the median strip of Northbourne Ave. The outside would be painted with murals representing the history and growth of the city. The inside would be set up as a hostel with bedrooms, a dinng room and bathrooms for 60 or more homless kids.

jr 11:03 pm 21 Aug 07

I want to see that $1 million spent on fixing the health system, bringing rates down, filling potholes in the road or getting rid of graffiti instead… (i think you get the idea… there are far more important things that a million dollars can do)

utah 8:55 pm 21 Aug 07

What do Canberrans want in a $1 million public sculpture? What should be inspiring the artists?
The answer to both questions is “Al Grasby”.

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