Public Art….it’s a Hoot!! (Belconnen gets an owl)

Br1anL 12 May 2011 100

giant owl

I support the ‘warming’ and ‘personalisaiton’ of Canberra through public art projects…. but in case case I have to say…..WTF!!!


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BlackIce BlackIce 2:47 pm 13 May 11

rosscoact said :

Why would you give pig ignorant philistines a vote on art? They’ll only eat it or crap on it

You have already endorsed your representatives to make that choice and they are now in the Assembly.

Me, don’t like the Owl but I think Dinornis Maximus is an amusing folly and Rhizomes makes my heart fill with joy everytime I drive past it.

Sort of like giving those same pig ignorant philistines a vote on who governs them…

BimboGeek BimboGeek 2:47 pm 13 May 11

LSWCHP said :

I saw the artist gibbering about this on the ABC news. He waffled incoherently about how owls are big, and they eat animals as big as possums.

Not without a beak, they don’t!

The Frots The Frots 3:26 pm 13 May 11

BlackIce said :

rosscoact said :

Why would you give pig ignorant philistines a vote on art? They’ll only eat it or crap on it

You have already endorsed your representatives to make that choice and they are now in the Assembly.

Me, don’t like the Owl but I think Dinornis Maximus is an amusing folly and Rhizomes makes my heart fill with joy everytime I drive past it.

Sort of like giving those same pig ignorant philistines a vote on who governs them…

Good call – and that is the real issue isn’t it. I really don’t consider myself an ‘art critic’ but I am tuned in enough to know that each person has differing views on what they ‘enjoy’. Most of the threads here are saying ‘what sort of crap is this’ – and thats where the people’s collective voice needs to be heard (and not by some limp-dicked moron sitting in his/her darked office deciding what the $%#@ I like!)

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 4:33 pm 13 May 11

EvanJames said :

What is that, a zombie owl? A bad ghost? Couldn’t they afford to put a BEAK on it?

It actually has a gold beak – not visible in this picture…

It is quite a nice sculpture… I’m just not sure it is $400K nice; and it definitely in a poorly considered location… I give it until Sunday night before it sustains its first damage…

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 4:48 pm 13 May 11

The_Bulldog said :

Don’t know enough about the base or costs associated with big-ass lumps of what appears to be granite or some-such.

There is a concrete plinth of about 40cm, then the whole base is made of quite large hardwood timbers, in a vertical arrangement (the dark bit you see in the accompanying image). The owl itself is finished to look like it is carved from stone, and the eyes are circled in gold (gold leaf), as is the solid beak (which you can’t really make out in the image accompanying the story) – but that is pretty true to the bird too.

Stevian Stevian 5:00 pm 13 May 11

It’s obviously engaged you all, for good or ill. Therefore as a work of art it has succeeded

The Frots The Frots 5:26 pm 13 May 11

Gerry-Built said :

The_Bulldog said :

Don’t know enough about the base or costs associated with big-ass lumps of what appears to be granite or some-such.

There is a concrete plinth of about 40cm, then the whole base is made of quite large hardwood timbers, in a vertical arrangement (the dark bit you see in the accompanying image). The owl itself is finished to look like it is carved from stone, and the eyes are circled in gold (gold leaf), as is the solid beak (which you can’t really make out in the image accompanying the story) – but that is pretty true to the bird too.

Gerry – seriously, did you see the photo on the other thread taken from the rear? (which is exactly how the ACT people seem to have taken it for this purchase!!!).

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 8:11 pm 13 May 11

The Frots said :

Gerry-Built said :

The_Bulldog said :

Don’t know enough about the base or costs associated with big-ass lumps of what appears to be granite or some-such.

There is a concrete plinth of about 40cm, then the whole base is made of quite large hardwood timbers, in a vertical arrangement (the dark bit you see in the accompanying image). The owl itself is finished to look like it is carved from stone, and the eyes are circled in gold (gold leaf), as is the solid beak (which you can’t really make out in the image accompanying the story) – but that is pretty true to the bird too.

Gerry – seriously, did you see the photo on the other thread taken from the rear? (which is exactly how the ACT people seem to have taken it for this purchase!!!).

a)what’s your point? I was merely giving a discription
b)did you seriously not read that *I * took *THAT* photo 😛

Thumper Thumper 9:50 pm 13 May 11

It’s obviously engaged you all, for good or ill. Therefore as a work of art it has succeeded

Err, no. Trite and lazy response.

gospeedygo gospeedygo 11:29 pm 13 May 11

I see what has happened here now. It’s very clear here. In his final years, Mr. Stanhope has taken up the recreational use of certain unlicensed pharmaceuticals.

“Wait! Wait! What about….A GIANT OWL……that eats money.”

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 11:31 pm 13 May 11

Why do I keep reading this stuff?? Someone just got paid more than half my mortgage for a thing you can’t house an elf inside! C’mon A.C.T government,if you don’t read RA, you have to be kidding yourselves [patting backs] and something like this has to be pulled down like the golden calf in the old testament. It’s not only “not art”, but for the cost to taxpayers it’s a big kick in the Ar$e to ALL Canberrans. I hang my head in shame.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 8:02 am 14 May 11

Stevian said :

It’s obviously engaged you all, for good or ill. Therefore as a work of art it has succeeded

My dog took a cr@p in our swimming pool the other day*, that engaged us for good or ill, anyone willing to call it art and give me $400,000 for it?

Your reply is just the sort of self serving, bland, unintelligent, mediocre, stupidity which drives the public hate of modern art.

* He’s very old and ill poor soul, and accident.

The Frots The Frots 8:08 am 14 May 11

Gerry-Built said :

The Frots said :

Gerry-Built said :

The_Bulldog said :

Don’t know enough about the base or costs associated with big-ass lumps of what appears to be granite or some-such.

There is a concrete plinth of about 40cm, then the whole base is made of quite large hardwood timbers, in a vertical arrangement (the dark bit you see in the accompanying image). The owl itself is finished to look like it is carved from stone, and the eyes are circled in gold (gold leaf), as is the solid beak (which you can’t really make out in the image accompanying the story) – but that is pretty true to the bird too.

Gerry – seriously, did you see the photo on the other thread taken from the rear? (which is exactly how the ACT people seem to have taken it for this purchase!!!).

a)what’s your point? I was merely giving a discription
b)did you seriously not read that *I * took *THAT* photo 😛

My point on a) was that the art is crap and as for point b), well, you got me. Great photo though!

Thumper Thumper 8:31 am 14 May 11

I think I’m going to have to go for a drive and check out this monstrous zombie owl…

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 9:06 am 14 May 11

The Frots said :

the art is crap

I’m undecided on the crapworthiness or otherwise, but what I can say for sure is that the location is a poor choice for any artwork; especially a sizable investment of $400K… Such expenditure should have placed it in a focal point where people gather… I can’t see it getting through this weekend without being tagged by JDs…

I am quite fond of “The Thief of Time” featured in the CT story mentioned (way) above…

The Frots The Frots 10:26 am 14 May 11

Thumper said :

I think I’m going to have to go for a drive and check out this monstrous zombie owl…

Yes, I’ve decided that while I seem to have a lot to say about it, I haven’t seen the damn thing personally except through Gerry’s and others pics. Better take a look.

See you there!

Antagonist Antagonist 11:00 am 14 May 11

Gerry-Built said :

… then the whole base is made of quite large hardwood timbers, in a vertical arrangement (the dark bit you see in the accompanying image).

Freakin awesome! Just add Jiffy Fire Lighters and it will double up as a monument to the Canberra Fire Storm. This ‘artist’ is a genius!

Mr Stanhope – I took a few Viagra this morning and I’ve got an identical statue in the front of my pants. I salute you, sir!

I-filed I-filed 5:06 pm 14 May 11

It’s 2D. It isn’t a sculpture, because it’s only appealing from one angle. Ignorant choice, waste of public money. Who are the committee of philistines who chose it?

The Frots The Frots 5:39 pm 14 May 11

Saw it – its not just crap…………………………………..its expensive crap.

Antagonist Antagonist 6:09 pm 14 May 11

The Frots said :

Saw it – its not just crap…………………………………..its expensive crap.

Just say it dude! It is a $400k piece of crap in the shape of a wobbly c0ck, perfectly positioned to distract Canberra’s already sh!t drivers. FFS say it and own it! Oh, hang on …

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