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More public art at the ACT Public Health intersection

By stereo henry 7 November 2008 73

[First filed: November 07, 2008 @ 10:16]

What are your thoughts/feelings about the latest installation of public art at the ACT Public Health (west row/alinga st) intersection?

It appears to be a series of 44-gallon drums in different colours… makes me think of shipping containers for some reason…

This place now seems to be ground-zero for average installations (it’s opposite the ‘fragile’ sculpture).

[ED – Well done to the authorities on blocking the view of the taxi rank, who needs to see if there’s a cab before you get there?]


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sepi 9:26 am 25 Nov 08

I’m always surprised too that people who like local contemporary music as well as classical don’t see any value in local contemporary art.

I think art is just less common and people can’t cope with it.

Thumper 8:48 am 25 Nov 08

Indeed, just because it is art does not mean that everyone has to like it.

My favourite is Stackhouse’s “On the beach again” at the NGA, it’s brilliant and seems to me to convey a sense of loneliness, hopelessness and despair. It’s magical.

But others probably see it as a few pieces of bronze laying next to reedy pond.

http://cs.nga.gov.au/Detail.cfm?IRN=43101

johnboy 8:29 am 25 Nov 08

Or maybe different people post here with different perspectives and ideas?

glasscentralcanberra 8:18 am 25 Nov 08

I’ve been away and so only just caught up with this post. And as usual it’s an entertaining read – but you guys really are cultural bogans, aren’t you. Not that this is a problem per se, if anything it’s one of the reasons why I read the blog – it always makes me laugh a lot. But I’m surprised, given that you’re so into the scene at The Front, that you’re not on board with Domain. It’s the same demographic, really. No need for anyone to get their nickers in a knot – Domain is a temporary art project, and it’s a ripper event. And soooo much better than some of the permanent public art Stanhope foists on us…

eq2 11:24 pm 08 Nov 08

Burness, Heather: to assist with costs of designing and printing a colour catalogue, in 2009 $3,803

I don’t think ‘projects’ that will have little or no public benefit (private art) should receive tax-payer funding. People can use their own money to fund their own private projects; if they aren’t commercially viable without public funding they should not go ahead with them.

eq2 11:17 pm 08 Nov 08

Wow. I wonder what kind of accountability there is for the spending of that funding.

Skidbladnir 9:45 pm 08 Nov 08

PreciousLilywhite said :

http://www.arts.act.gov.au/pages/images/2009%20ACT%20Arts%20Fund%20announcement.pdf

Ellis, Matty: to assist with costs of the recording and mixing of a 14 track album of
original folk-roots music, in 2009. $7,700
Friendly Yen: to assist with costs of recording a studio album, in 2009. $10,000

So, drinks are on them, then?

fabforty 7:48 pm 08 Nov 08

Someone has got to be “havin’ a larf”

Daibidh 5:14 pm 08 Nov 08

I work in the less fashionable and interesting western side of Civic, and it is nice to get this attention and have something to look at. I saw, from my office window, two workmen wrapping some bushes near the west Civic bus stop, across from the Health Building. Is that an installation too?

There is a joke system for hailing buses at the same bus stop. I saw a lady explaining this installation to some artlovers last week. I also heard last night that a young woman had been using it in all innocence, thinking it was seriously meant to help one hail a bus.

Julian

johnboy 5:00 pm 08 Nov 08

cloudless said :

There’s a reason it is “ground-zero” for sculpture; it is Domain 2008 – A temporary Public Art Project organised by the ANU School of Art… It happens at this time every year – it is surprising that the Riot ACT hasn’t been up with it…actually, perhaps not surprising.

Well you know, feel free to send in a story on it.

cloudless 4:21 pm 08 Nov 08

There’s a reason it is “ground-zero” for sculpture; it is Domain 2008 – A temporary Public Art Project organised by the ANU School of Art… It happens at this time every year – it is surprising that the Riot ACT hasn’t been up with it…actually, perhaps not surprising.

Holierthanthou 1:45 pm 08 Nov 08

Colourful, commissioning some public art is cheaper way of tarting up brutalistic monostrosities that knocking down and rebuilding. Plus you don’t get rabid architects condemming the rest of the world as philistines for doing so.

Tracker 11:38 am 08 Nov 08

I reckon it makes the place look better, not worse. It may not be the best art around, but it does improve the space (I’ve only seen pics though). I hope they organise some drummers to do some creative performances there during peak foot-traffic periods 🙂

I’d really like to see some money spent on graffiti artists to make the Belconnen area between the shopping centre (Westfield) and the bus interchange look a lot better. Some decent stuff covering those awful raised walkways and their supports would look unreal, and completely transform the place. It wouldn’t even cost that much.

Same thing for those concrete jungles in and around civic.

canberra towie 10:42 am 08 Nov 08

Pandy said :

I personally like it!!!!!!
It hides the heroin addicts from street view.

LMFAO In that case i can think of a lot of other place in civic where they can put 44 gallon drums LOL

Gobbo 9:39 am 08 Nov 08

I know I shouldn’t, because it doesn’t make sense, but I like it.

It makes me smile.

Tezza 6:33 am 08 Nov 08

I think it looks cool

Jonathon Reynolds 12:08 am 08 Nov 08

shanefos said :

However, the CAVE people that frequent RiotACT are always going to find fault with this sort of thing, regardless of the artists’ intentions.

Oh boy… the cave dwellers are going to have a field day with the pointy spikes (art installation) that will soon be gracing the linear park (between the BigW and Coles blocks) in the Gungahlin Town Centre.

Pandy 12:01 am 08 Nov 08

I personally like it!!!!!!
It hides the heroin addicts from street view.

bd84 10:13 pm 07 Nov 08

Though come to think of it they also commissioned it infront of one of the worst intersections in Canberra, it’s always fun to watch the 4 way traffic jams in the middle during the day as well as all the near misses. To think that they could have spent the money installing traffic lights there instead..

bd84 10:10 pm 07 Nov 08

I was thinking it must be stanhopeless’ first decision made after the the Greens announced they would support him. No doubt there was some nasty liquid in them at some point, they must have dumped it in the lake somewhere.

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