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Images of Canberra – Civic public art walking tour Episode 19, The Master’s Voice

By johnboy 11 May 2006 4

On Saturday 08-APR-06 we did the Civic Public Art Walking Tour and lived to tell the tale.

And so, I present to you item # 19, The Master’s Voice by Sonia Leber and David Chesworth. It’s on City Walk up from Akuna Street, outside the Canberra Centre.

The Master's Voice - by Sonia Leber and David Chesworth

The guide says:

People walking past a low concrete wall
in City Walk trigger the unexpected
real-world sounds of people talking to
animals. With the sounds of the animals
edited out, the voices seem to be calling
out directly to the passersby: beckoning,
controlling and coaxing.
In this commercial and government
precinct, this artwork is not so much
about the nature of the park but about
the relationship of ‘citizens’ to their ‘civic

Again, eerily prescient. It’s a stained barrier filled with a broken mechanism.

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seepi 6:16 pm 12 May 06

I used to love this too – I thought it was people talking to kids – they sounded happy anyway.

burnoboy_no3 1:53 pm 12 May 06

finnaly somone with a soul has blessed that annoying piece of shash with the sweet end of an axe! it did so annoy me, on my jolly to the ATM from The Church Bar of a night, rollickingly drunk. many times i was seen picking a fight with a concreete wall in an alcohol fueled haze.
*sigh* it will chase me no longer… although on the sadder side, there is no more Church Bar.


Jazz 12:12 pm 12 May 06

yeah, i didn’t know it was broken either. what a shame

emd 10:02 am 12 May 06

Bummer. That was kind of cool when it used to work. I thought it very amusing to walk past in my lunch break to the sounds of someone trying to tell me how to herd sheep.

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