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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?]

What’s Your opinion?


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More public art at the ACT Public Health intersection
PreciousLilywhite 11:31 am 07 Nov 08

I’m very jealous that my creative juices aren’t allowed to flow in public. There is nothing more I would like to do than drop a big juicy art turd in public, get paid for it and command attention and comment on it 🙂

jakez 11:22 am 07 Nov 08

shanefos said :

“[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?]”

What’s the point of your question?

Personally, I think the public art displayed around the West Row/Moore St/Alinga St intersection is a good thing. Anything to brighten up what is normally a fairly dull and lifeless place.
However, the CAVE people that frequent RiotACT are always going to find fault with this sort of thing, regardless of the artists’ intentions.

So people who don’t like a particular piece of art that you like, or people who don’t like art being funded through the point of a gun, are automatically cave people?

You sir, are a bloody idiot.

Pommy bastard 11:22 am 07 Nov 08

It’s a pile of crap. Why the hell would any sane person call this art? Is “public art” a new term for “look what I can get paid for and get away with!”

I passed it yesterday, shame I didn’t have my drumsticks with me. How long before the first person gets busted for giving it a bit of the old Keith Moon on them?

Whoever authorised this should be out of a job forthwith.

Mrshmellowman 11:17 am 07 Nov 08

I like it
it is nice to see that we can have some interesting art around the place even if it sometimes looks like a Uni Student prank
I am still not sure the milk crates on the pole wasn’t some drunks waiting too long for a cab!

neanderthalsis 11:09 am 07 Nov 08

Thumper said :

Come on, it’s not art. Someone just dumped some old 44 gallon drums so they didn’t have to pay a tip fee.

Should have just gone to a Drum Muster collection point.

shanefos 11:00 am 07 Nov 08

“[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?]”

What’s the point of your question?

Personally, I think the public art displayed around the West Row/Moore St/Alinga St intersection is a good thing. Anything to brighten up what is normally a fairly dull and lifeless place.
However, the CAVE people that frequent RiotACT are always going to find fault with this sort of thing, regardless of the artists’ intentions.

Thumper 10:59 am 07 Nov 08

Come on, it’s not art. Someone just dumped some old 44 gallon drums so they didn’t have to pay a tip fee.

PreciousLilywhite 10:52 am 07 Nov 08

There are also other new pieces across the road from this. They include something called ‘Nobules’ (i think) that looks like bushes wrapped in net. Also some art stuck under the stairs that go up near the ‘fragile’ box. All pretty average IMHO.
Will try and get some pics up.

Spitfire3 10:50 am 07 Nov 08

Oh, and…

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

Our fragile sculptures are now also known as new office buildings.

Spitfire3 10:47 am 07 Nov 08

Looks like a prank I reckon. A pretty good one too.

stereo henry 10:39 am 07 Nov 08

Why not? It worked for Snowtown…

neanderthalsis 10:38 am 07 Nov 08

Perhaps we are looking at innovative solutions to declining care standards and staff & bed shortages: bodies in barrels.

BerraBoy68 10:34 am 07 Nov 08

*I saw that on Sunday… sorry folks

BerraBoy68 10:34 am 07 Nov 08

I saw rhat on Sundat on a rare sojourn into that part of town. This installation looks cheap and nasty. How painting 44 gallon drums and piling them between columns of a brutalist style building is consider art is beyond me. My kids bring home better artwork from Pre-school and kindy.

PBO 10:28 am 07 Nov 08

How many hundreds of thousands of dollars did that cost?

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