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New wind sculpture on Adelaide Avenue – Dinornis maximus

By johnboy 18 August 2008 78

[First filed: August 14, 2008 @ 13:47]

When approaching Woden’s great Round-a-bout ‘O Destiny from the North drivers can now be distracted by a majestic wind sculpture.

It went up yesterday and the blokes building it reckon there are no motors, just the wind on the blades.

I think I saw something very similar at the last Bondi Sculpture By The Sea, but I’m liking this installation. More info when it comes to hand.

YouTube of it in action and a slideshow below.

UPDATED: The infamous Canberra art critic, prisoner of war, and conservative politician, Steve Pratt has responded predictably:

    The Stanhope Government have unveiled yet another wasteful public art project on our roads instead of devoting attention to basic infrastructure, Shadow Minister for Urban Services Steve Pratt said today.

    The new public artwork, described as an 11 metre tall, wind activated kinetic sculpture, recently installed at the junction of Yarra Glen, Melrose Drive and Yamba Drive is not only unnecessary, but also poses a serious traffic hazard for motorists on this busy intersection.

Another Update: artsACT has a brief on it:

    Dinornis maximus has recently recently been installed at the junction of Yarra Glen, Melrose Drive and Yamba Drive.

    Dinornis maximus is a prominent 11-metre tall wind-activated sculpture. The title refers to an ancient flightless bird.

    The artwork forms a striking gateway on the northern edge of Woden Town Centre.

    The sculpture uses fully-sealed rolling bearing systems designed for longevity and environmental resilience to create ‘a wind powered ballet in the sky’.

    In describing his artworks New Zealand artist Phil Price says he seeks a ‘… combination of movement that provides a flow and a dance’.


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ChrisinTurner 11:22 pm 01 Nov 08

I love it!!!

sepi 3:36 pm 01 Nov 08

phil price from NZ

Sideshowmatt123 2:51 pm 01 Nov 08

I saw a much more elegant version of this sculpture some decades ago in an outdoor gallery, somewhere overseas. It was stainless steel and the arms swung more, in more directions, always seeming to be about to collide, but then repelled, as if by magnetism or some trick of momentum. This one is a total ripoff. The constrained movement of the sculpture’s armatures annoys the shit out of me, especially when I’m cycling past in a ferocious headwind – I at least expect some kinetic excitement!

I’ve been googling and wikipedia-ing like crazy but can’t find the sculptor’s name. Anyone know?

sepi 5:33 pm 30 Aug 08

I love it.

It only cost 140 thousand – peanuts for a huge steel sculpture.

And it is over 100m from the intersection.

lujabe 4:36 pm 30 Aug 08

I like it.

It’s stuff like this that makes a city interesting and provides some character. So what if you don’t think it’s pretty, it’s engaging people, and that’s the point of art, is it not?

bd84 10:32 pm 18 Aug 08

giagantus wastis of moneyus?
perhaps they could invest in some artwork that doesn’t look like they recovered it from mugga way tip.

Sammy said :

Is this the first piece of major public art in Woden?

Nope, but Steve Pratt has wiped out all the others.

Maybe the government will add it to it’s “artwork” register before someone accidently mows it down with their stolen car.

Pandy 9:11 pm 18 Aug 08

This artwork is faux.

At night the blades are stowed in an off position. During the day artifical wind or power turns the blades.

Crappy Kiwi artwork, should be necklaced.

mooliganbags1 6:49 pm 18 Aug 08

I like it. There should be more of them. Make Telstra tower into one big one.

peterh 1:23 pm 18 Aug 08

UPDATED: The infamous Canberra art critic, prisoner of war, and conservative politician, Steve Pratt has responded predictably

didn’t steve get released after the aust govt intervention, when he was on spying charges as an aid worker in a foreign land?

not really a POW, unless he was spying…

and now he is commenting on art. as a member of the opposition.

great to see where the important issues are.

peterh 1:18 pm 18 Aug 08

not touching that comment. straight to the keeper….

jakez 12:51 pm 18 Aug 08

sepi said :

And I think it really suits Woden. Maybe it is a little close to the roundabout, but it shouldn’t be that distracting.

When you think of Woden you think of a giant whirling Kiwi bird?

…not sure what to make of that.

sepi 12:49 pm 18 Aug 08

Just quietly I think this sculpture was completed a few years ago, and was possibly looking for a home – it may have come at a good price.

No inside knowledge there, but if you look it up, it was previously located elsewhere, it’s not a newie.

And I think it really suits Woden. Maybe it is a little close to the roundabout, but it shouldn’t be that distracting.

When they put the billboard up on the convention centre people whined that it would distract drivers – it doesn’t seem to have been a disaster.

Granny 12:44 pm 18 Aug 08

Well, I think I speak for myself when I say that a ‘Pissed Parrot’ piece would be very well received on the GDE.

*hehe*

Thumper 12:38 pm 18 Aug 08

Actually,

why do we have a sculpture of a New Zealand bird by a New Zealand artist?

Surely we could have someting like ‘Pissed Parrot’ by Bruce McBruce from Blackstumpville?

Thumper 12:34 pm 18 Aug 08

And i’m sure it cost less than the 2.5 million they are giving to ACT soccer. Why not spend that money on infrastructure?

Any port in an election….

jakez 12:29 pm 18 Aug 08

sepi said :

And i’m sure it cost less than the 2.5 million they are giving to ACT soccer.
Why not spend that money on infrastructure?

Indeed. 😉

sepi 12:25 pm 18 Aug 08

And i’m sure it cost less than the 2.5 million they are giving to ACT soccer.
Why not spend that money on infrastructure?

jakez 11:56 am 18 Aug 08

amarooresident said :

Anything that annoys Steve Pratt is fine by me.

Good point.

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