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Dancers on a Lakefront – new art for Belconnen

johnboy 9 August 2010 33

[First filed: Aug 6, 2010 @ 11:01]

Belconnen Arts Centre

The Chiefly Stanhope has proudly announced a new public art piece for the Belconnen Arts Centre on Emu Bank:

Dancers on a Lakefront is comprised of seven groups of bright yellow rods, which range in heights of between five and seven metres.

Dimopoulos modelled the design on the reeds that fringe the Lake Ginninderra foreshore and the autumn-coloured street trees of the nearby Emu Bank.

The kinetic artwork, which moves in the wind, also draws inspiration from the energy and movement that takes place at the Centre’s dance studio.

Mr Stanhope said the artwork was a fitting marker for the Belconnen Arts Centre which is located in the heart of the Belconnen Town Centre.

“Dancers on a Lakefront makes a striking addition to the Belconnen Arts Centre and complements its wonderful location on the lake shore,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The artwork greets visitors as they arrive at the Centre and reflects the creative activity that takes place within its gallery, foyer, dance studio and classrooms.

Here’s some video of it in action:


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33 Responses to Dancers on a Lakefront – new art for Belconnen
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erv 11:25 pm 08 Aug 10

They look ok, would I have paid 165k for that? No… Even if it wasnt my money.

Bronto 3:27 pm 08 Aug 10

Well done Jon Stanhop – another waste of tax payers money when we could have better spent it on a lot of things in Canberra that need fixing or cleaning up.

How about using that money to clean up a lot of the grafitti or better yet, cleaning up rubbish and making Canberra look like a clean place to be. Don’t get me wrong, I like art but this type of art is awful and does nothing for me.

grumpyrhonda 8:50 am 08 Aug 10

Even after listening to it, I’m not overly impressed. I can understand art being good in public places, but surely it could have been accomplished for a lot less. I can see the art from my office. Maybe it will look better after spring begins.

Pommy bastard 1:21 pm 07 Aug 10

What consultation happens before these “works” are commissioned? Do we have any say in these farces?

Mr Evil 11:46 am 07 Aug 10

My only complaint is that they didn’t install this sculpture outside the Waldorf; just to give those tossers another ‘intrusive’ noise to complain about.

$165k does seem a lot of money to pay for some fibreglass(?) rods stuck into a few feet of concrete – unless these artists work on the same kind of system of quoting that was applied to the BER!

Gerry-Built 8:36 am 07 Aug 10

Drove by last night on the way to getting a video. It was still intact – and looked particularly stunning all lit up and pretty… Go see it at night peoples…

A major component of the $165K would have been installation… it has taken weeks…

Might go take some photographs at night in the next few days – will post one here if the look half as good as the artwork…

Proudof Canberra 1:14 am 07 Aug 10

Oh look more money going down the drain. Glug Glug Glug

JessicaNumber 11:48 pm 06 Aug 10

I do quite like the way it sounds in the video. I do intend to pass by and have a listen to it at some point over the next few weeks. 🙂

gooterz 11:19 pm 06 Aug 10

Back in the day they used to get the kids from local schools to do the design work.. (tuggeranong park thingo) Maybe they need to have some of these artsy types on payrol!

E.L.K 9:07 pm 06 Aug 10

wow…. the things I could do for $165,000

Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re nice. but where does all that money go?

sunshine 7:25 pm 06 Aug 10

i wish stanhope would STOP spending taxpayers money on his so called “art work”. Canberra the city of bad taste

JC 6:56 pm 06 Aug 10

Most of the above posts are a pefect example of why the government can never win. If they build basic (cheap) buildings they get shit canned for ugly concrete buildings and no street character. If they spend money putting in public artworks and a splash of colour they get shit canned for wasting money that could have otherwise been spent on schools and health.

Who the hell would want to be a local pollie hey? No wonder we have the dills that we have.

cranky 5:55 pm 06 Aug 10

The expenditure on these sticks, in addition to the money for the Cavalry Baseball team, the artists centre, and the recent art at the Arboretum is probably welcomed by those with an interest.

Pity that the $8M funding for anything motorsport related has been quietly returned to consolidated revenue, and enthusiasts denied the promised facilities.

Pork Hunt 4:39 pm 06 Aug 10

Don’t know much about that sort of art but I’ve been as pissed as a poet on pay day…

hk0reduck 4:35 pm 06 Aug 10

I like it, but then again I like the idea of an arboretum =)

Would like it even more if they called it “Loose Sticks in Concrete”.

Jivrashia 3:34 pm 06 Aug 10

Furry Jesus said :

do you know any artists with fat wallets?

Nope. Don’t know any fat artists. Don’t most only scrape in one meal a day?

As for the Dancers, I wonder if their rustling sound will remain appealing?

piperdoon 2:56 pm 06 Aug 10

talking about absence of intellect, anyone want to open a book on how long before the first shopping trolley sits proudy atop the dancers, and special prizes for a matching row?

colourful sydney racing identity 2:51 pm 06 Aug 10

bobbatty said :

I am concerned about the absence of intellect in most of the comments surrounding these spear like artistic artefacts. Let’s stop thinking that art is a waste of money and think more about the aesthetic value for the community in having something to look at that isn’t a statue of Stan-in-hope for next election.

Get used to it bobbatty, most posters (not me) on this site seem to have the view that public art = bad.

bobbatty 2:37 pm 06 Aug 10

Wow and wow…I just listened to the pictures that move taken by Johnboy and I must say that I was mightily impressed. These are much better than I anticipated and will amuse people for hours! I’m going to send visitors for sure.

bobbatty 2:33 pm 06 Aug 10

I am concerned about the absence of intellect in most of the comments surrounding these spear like artistic artefacts. Let’s stop thinking that art is a waste of money and think more about the aesthetic value for the community in having something to look at that isn’t a statue of Stan-in-hope for next election.

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