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Skateboarders strike sculpture in two hours

By johnboy - 9 March 2011 32

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The Canberra Times has the interesting news that the Michael Le Grand sculpture “Ukiyo-e” installed yesterday in Civic Square has already been damaged by intrepid skateboarders.

ACT Museums and Galleries director Peter Haynes said Ukiyo-e, a 2m blue sculpture by Michael le Grand, was installed in Civic Square yesterday morning.

By 3pm, skateboarders had damaged its paintwork.

”It’s fairly obvious that that sort of damage is possible,” Mr Haynes said.

”I didn’t expect it to be possible within two hours or so of being installed but it’s there and there’s nothing much you can do about it … The artist was aware this might happen and actually said to me … that skateboarders will love it.”

Now if only we could harness that enthusiasm and efficiency.

UPDATE: Above is a picture of the damage done to a couple of the tubes. Also this sign has appeared which, it is obviously hoped, will deter the grommets.

please do not touch the sculpture thank you

More pictures of the sculpture as a whole taken yesterday are available

[First filed: Mar 9, 2011 @ 9:53]

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Skateboarders strike sculpture in two hours
wildturkeycanoe 11:23 pm 09 Mar 11

If the “artist” wanted people to not touch the “artwork”, surely something a warning sign a little more prominent would be called for. But then, the warning sign would take away from the “visual aesthetics” of the piece. Ha, ha, ha! I have to laugh at some of the things people think are art these days. If my 3 y.o saw this he’d jump up on it straight away thinking it was some new kind of jungle gym. What else could it be! Good on the boarders for riding the tsunami. I personally can see this being a trip hazard and would like the government to step in to place some signage or barriers to prevent the general public from tripping on the object in discussion.

Aeek 10:16 pm 09 Mar 11

Vandalism? This isn’t destroying a wall or a letter box for the lolz.
Damaged yes, but was the intent there?

Skidbladnir 6:52 pm 09 Mar 11

Its not rocket surgery to predict that something made of curved steel in an unmonitored public space routinely filled with skateboarders might attract the attention of those wanting to improve their madskillz.

But its quite strange that a public body visibly entrusted with the property of others would intentionally put a pile of pipes\sculpture\artwork in a public space without any form of risk assessment\mitigation strategies.

For reference, it looks like it has mostly been exhibited in large open fields\beaches before, and it is worth $70,000

astrojax 4:49 pm 09 Mar 11

vandalism sucks and is the sign of a minimalist IQ…

Davo111 4:33 pm 09 Mar 11

Vagabond said :

There’s some pretty simple design solutions when installing these things that will stop skaters from skating them.

OR skaters could just understand that when their trucks slide against painted steel, its going to remove the paintwork *rolls eyes*

Hopefully they will catch them and make them pay for the damage.

johnboy 4:20 pm 09 Mar 11

Vagabond said :

I reckon the artist must be stoked with all this publicity! There’s some pretty simple design solutions when installing these things that will stop skaters from skating them.

Here’s a pic of the vandalism: http://media.skateboard.com.au/forum/images/sculpture_grinds.jpg

Apparently Mr Haynes will be on ABC666 at 2pm today talking about it

Nice of them to document their work!

Holden Caulfield 3:16 pm 09 Mar 11

Grinding on poles? I thought you had to go to Fyshwick for that.

Diggety 1:59 pm 09 Mar 11

p1 said :

johnboy said :

Can’t say most other public art around town has a problem with tagging as far as I’ve seen.

Was it tagged? I assumed they meant that skateboarders had damaged the paint be grinding their skateboards on those awesome bits of blue steel which appear to be made for that purpose…

That’s what I thought too. It would be way too good to pass up for a skater.

Just lift it off the ground a meter or two, I mean FFS, surely this was always going to happen.

Vagabond 1:22 pm 09 Mar 11

I reckon the artist must be stoked with all this publicity! There’s some pretty simple design solutions when installing these things that will stop skaters from skating them.

Here’s a pic of the vandalism: http://media.skateboard.com.au/forum/images/sculpture_grinds.jpg

Apparently Mr Haynes will be on ABC666 at 2pm today talking about it

johnboy 11:16 am 09 Mar 11

Er no, not tagged, got in my head someone was saying it would be. move on, nothing to see here.

p1 11:15 am 09 Mar 11

johnboy said :

Can’t say most other public art around town has a problem with tagging as far as I’ve seen.

Was it tagged? I assumed they meant that skateboarders had damaged the paint be grinding their skateboards on those awesome bits of blue steel which appear to be made for that purpose…

johnboy 11:09 am 09 Mar 11

Can’t say most other public art around town has a problem with tagging as far as I’ve seen.

EvanJames 11:06 am 09 Mar 11

Diggety said :

Skateboarders 1st, public art 2nd.

It’s not the best place for something like that.

So where would the best place be?

Jivrashia 10:59 am 09 Mar 11

Pardon the cynic in me, but what is ‘Ukiyo-e‘ about it?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukiyo-e

If there is even the remotest resemblance then it is to the famous “The Great Wave (tsunami) of Kanagawa” picture.

In other words this sculpture symbolises a…. tsunami?

Diggety 10:58 am 09 Mar 11

Skateboarders 1st, public art 2nd.

It’s not the best place for something like that.

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