A sculpture of a kangaroo and joey which was commissioned last year by the ACT Government for the 30th anniversary of Floriade has found its new and permanent home in the growing suburb of Throsby.
The sculpture by Jimmy Rix, titled Stopping to Smell the Flowers, has been installed in the new recreational park called Joey Park in recognition of the new attraction.
A “Housewarming Picnic” on Sunday (16 September) welcomed the artwork to the park on Bettong Avenue, with local families leaving their homes to take part in the festivities while enjoying the spring weather and new park.
After being exhibited at Floriade last year, a permanent home for the artwork needed to be found. The ACT Arts Minister Gordon Ramsay said the community of Throsby seemed like the right location for the sculptures.
“As one of Canberra’s newest suburbs, it is an ideal place to include a public artwork that will be one of the local residents from the start,” Minister Ramsay said.
“Joey Park is a fitting location with its proximity to both Mulligans Flat and Goorooyarroo Nature Reserves since the area is already home to many kangaroos and other Australian mammals.
“The kangaroos will be very much at home in this natural environment, standing amongst established gumtrees, and close to the playground where children and their families can enjoy the artwork.”
Stopping to Smell the Flowers is Jimmy Rix’s first work to be permanently installed in Canberra.