We’ve had some horrified comments in the last couple of days about the artwork being constructed in Gungahlin.
Now Jon Stanhope has announced what it is:
- ‘The Gungahlin’ is a cluster of 12 flat-topped stones, some suitable for sitting, and a larger centrally placed stone for public speaking or performances.
Accompanying the stones are twelve vertical steel structures resembling tree trunks, standing between three and five metres high. Lighting will ensure the space can be enjoyed by residents at night.
Created by Canberra-born artist Mr Malcolm Utley, the artwork draws inspiration from Gungahlin’s surrounding grasslands and natural rocky outcrops. The title is from the local Nungawaal language meaning ‘little rocky outcrop’.
“Located on the southern side of Hibberson Street, the artwork will become a central point not just of the Linear Park, but of the community itself,” Chief Minister and Minister for the Arts Jon Stanhope said. “The artwork will create a communal space for residents to sit, interact and perform right in the heart of Gungahlin’s Town Centre.”
Apparently the steel structures are of a spiky disposition, causing some flighty readers to fret about punctured Gungahlinadoes.