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The sheep are in so much trouble. Bush Pack on City Walk

By johnboy - 24 October 2011 30

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There’s been no word from ArtsACT, but there’s a wonderful new piece on City Walk waiting for ingenious drunks to find a way to ruin it.

Called “Bush Pack” by its creator Amanda Stuart it is a beautiful expression of both the joy and the menace of wild dogs.

For mine this is the best of what public art can be.

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The sheep are in so much trouble. Bush Pack on City Walk
pajs 3:13 pm 24 Oct 11

That’s some excellent sculpture.

arescarti42 2:26 pm 24 Oct 11

Fabulous.

Grail 2:24 pm 24 Oct 11

Here’s a paper about ‘nil tenure’ for those inclined to read about it.

The executive summary is that “nil tenure” relates to mapping out stock losses and pest animal territories without taking into account any human tenures (i.e.: the borders on cadastral maps are ignored). Plans are then devised involving all the human stakeholders, with costs of the pest management borne by all those participating, regardless of how much a particular activity impacts their tenure.

jake555 2:17 pm 24 Oct 11

What? No cyclist having a whinge about them getting in the way, a la “The Civic Pole Farm”:  http://the-riotact.com/the-civic-pole-farm/56628

Although this time they don’t actually serve a practical purpose. (I like them as art by the way

johnboy 1:16 pm 24 Oct 11

They’re in line with the trees

Gantz 1:15 pm 24 Oct 11

They’re great! But why is the ‘art’ always placed in main thoroughfares in the A.C.T.?

Surely they could’ve been more strategically placed, say, away from where everyone walks.

M0les 1:13 pm 24 Oct 11

“Ow! My fargin’ shin!”

poetix 1:08 pm 24 Oct 11

Shear brilliance…

Gungahlin Al said :

I wonder what the “nil tenure” means on the sign?

Nil tenure refers to a conservation strategy that allows landowners and others to take action against feral animals within national parks; recognising that wild dogs and others don’t respect boundaries.

Gungahlin Al 12:37 pm 24 Oct 11

I agree it’s a brilliant piece. But disturbing for anyone who’s lived on the land and seen the damage such dogs can do to livestock and wildlife.

How intriguing that someone thought to position them in City Walk bearing down on the randy sheep…

I wonder what the “nil tenure” means on the sign?

Be careful about your kids climbing on them during summer – scalded legs/bums are common with bronze works. It was one of the reasons why we asked for the bunyip to be small enough for kids to engage with but too big for them to climb onto.

intaba 12:28 pm 24 Oct 11

I think this artist came and talked to us at uni. She based the dogs on the carcasses hanging from wild dog trees out near farms, and the wrapping was done with old clothes from op shops in the area, ie the clothes of the people who are the ‘enemies’ of the wild dogs. She has done installations with the dogs leaping through walls and scattered through the gardens at a uni. Those ones went walkabout pretty quickly but usually just turned up somewhere else on campus.

EvanJames 12:14 pm 24 Oct 11

Wonderful stuff, and also a sharp comment on what sheep and other livesstock can expect when urban areas encroach farmland. They don’t have to be bush dogs that form a pack and rip the sheep to bits.

Adn what a shame that something beautiful is expected to be wrecked by the evil monkeys that live among us.

Thumper 12:06 pm 24 Oct 11

It’s fantastic, absolutely fantastic.

However, I can see it being smashed to pieces by about 0300 Sunday morning.

john87_no1 12:06 pm 24 Oct 11

Holden Caulfield said :

I like it (based on the pic), but I wonder how long it will be until it is the subject of a public health and safety related claim. As well, as the inevitable vandalism.

I agree, they look pretty good, but am also sceptical about vandalism – they dont seem to be secured to the ground very well!

Hopefully the police will keep an eye on it Thu-Sat nights, they park only 100m from there.

Watson 12:06 pm 24 Oct 11

Oh great, now my daughter will not only want her picture taking of sitting on both sheep each time we pass, but also a pack of dogs!

No seriously, looks awesome! I like most of the street art around Garema Place. Some of it is quite subtle too.

Holden Caulfield 11:50 am 24 Oct 11

I like it (based on the pic), but I wonder how long it will be until it is the subject of a public health and safety related claim. As well, as the inevitable vandalism.

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