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Images of Canberra – Civic public art walking tour Episode 26, Eternity

johnboy 22 May 2006 10

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 # 26, Eternity, by John Robinson. It’s at the intersection of London Circuit and Petrie Plaza.

Eternity - by John Robinson

The guide says:

This sculpture, cast in Italy, symbolizes
the sculptor’s faith in the future of mankind.
It was donated to the people of Canberra
by an anonymous donor in 1981.

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10 Responses to Images of Canberra – Civic public art walking tour Episode 26, Eternity
footyboy 6:51 pm 23 May 06

Lord of the Rings publicity roadshow would have loved to discover this a few years back and the term illumicube sounds a bit….and the name John Robinson….a bit science fiction

seepi 1:26 pm 23 May 06

yes – I cna’t really see the point of all this. Why pay to move all this stuff around. They ahve only just put up those Sports Hall of Fame plaques about a year ago havne’t they? and who will be walking past the cube at night on the other side of the Canberra Centre – noone will be there to see it light up.

Thumper 12:26 pm 23 May 06

Thanks Caf, haven’t had a lot of time this morning.

Thumper 11:40 am 23 May 06


Cool. I like it…

caf 11:18 am 23 May 06

Thumper, if you read the link in the story you’ll find that the Illumicube’s fate is described in detail – it’s to be restored, upgraded and planted in the Mt-Ainslie-side forecourt of the Canberra Centre.

lucie_123 10:19 am 23 May 06

I must be in a snarky mood today, because I just sent them an email about it!

Thumper 8:12 am 23 May 06

Oh yeah, heard this morning that theillumicube is to be moved to somewhere on Limestone or Anslie Avenue to make way for an ACT Memorial to peacekeepers or something like that.

Now, I always thought we had a great big national institution for that but I may be wrong. Perhaps the ACT memorial will include coppers, APS, basket weavers, God knows…

I also guess the Illumicube will soon become the Graffiticube.

Thumper 8:09 am 23 May 06


exactly! I think this should be brought to the attention of Urban Services and Mr Stanhope with the demand that it be changed!

As for the sculpture, ‘a faith in the future of mankind’, well, my jury is out on that one. It looks like a giant gold ring on a stick.

lucie_123 7:07 pm 22 May 06

How disgusting that the official ACT government guide uses American spelling.

areaman 3:43 pm 22 May 06

It looks like you were luckey to go when you did. From this it looks like a fair bit of stuff is going to be moving around. On the plus side the illumicube will be sound activated again.

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