Arts minister Jon Stanhope launched a Ngunnawal public artwork today.
The work is titled Reclamation: Culture, Spirit and Place and was designed by Sandra Hill from Western Australia and Jim Williams of the Ngunnawal. Ms Hill said, “The artwork celebrates the survival of the spirit, the courage and the dignity shown by the Ngunnawal people as they move into the future.”
In what seems to be a rather cheap way to build a public artwork, Mr Stanhope has seen fit to appropriate a public asset, namely the two poster silos, to push his own political agenda. Although he has promised there are other silos under construction elsewhere in Civic, one wonders how long it will be until the first posters are plastered on the artwork.
And on a side note, I did wonder about the survival of spirit, courage and dignity this gentleman was displaying not 50 metres from the new work.