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

johnboy 24 October 2011 30

bush pack

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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Bramina 10:30 pm 25 Oct 11

john87_no1 said :

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.

They dug huge holes about a metre deep to anchor them in. They also fenced off a huge chunk of Garema place for about a month to install them.

MsCheeky 4:47 pm 25 Oct 11

I love this sculpture. And the last one in line is very clearly a boy!

I too would love for these to not be vandalised, but have only faint hope.

Thumper 12:29 pm 25 Oct 11

JessP said :

Can we get the Zebras running through there too?

We had zebras at Lake George until some nobheads decided to cut them into little pieces.

JessP 12:24 pm 25 Oct 11

Can we get the Zebras running through there too?

Henry82 3:04 am 25 Oct 11

Looks great, but it won’t last the weekend.

Perhaps we could get some real wild dogs out there on weekends.

creative_canberran 11:20 pm 24 Oct 11

Gantz said :

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.

Less an issue in thoroughfares than the chuggers surely?

At least these sheep won’t come after you despite saying no 3 times, finally giving up only when you say you “already donate monthly to the Aryan Union” (thank you Seinfeld!)

EvanJames 11:07 pm 24 Oct 11

cranky said :

Is it possible to wire them to 10,000 volts between 9pm and 6am to discourage the arseholes who are ever present to destroy?

Here we go. An idea! Why can’t we do this? Or rent out the space to hunters (there’s one advertising in the local paper, wanting property to hunt on , he’ll even pay). Attack the sculpture, someone goes all Hard Target on your arse.

Watson 9:08 pm 24 Oct 11

Gantz said :

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.

Then it the art wouldn’t be quite as ‘public’ though, would it. I love stuff like that right where I walk. And I’d much rather give way to a few bronze dogs than to a forest of ugly poles.

cranky 8:03 pm 24 Oct 11

Only seen the above photos, but they appear a cut above. Magic.

Is it possible to wire them to 10,000 volts between 9pm and 6am to discourage the arseholes who are ever present to destroy?

Pandy 7:49 pm 24 Oct 11

Wait till Aunty Jack, rips its bloody tails off.

farnarkler 6:51 pm 24 Oct 11

Looks like the sculptor watched ‘The Mummy’ and ‘Resident Evil’ once or twice.

deye 6:15 pm 24 Oct 11

johnboy said :

They’re in line with the trees

still, kind of interesting placement for events like the multicultural festival days.

I-filed 5:46 pm 24 Oct 11

Just brilliant. These have even bettered the sculptures at the Ainslie Shops! (I hope they’ll be lit at night … I can see them being tripped over … )

wildturkeycanoe 4:36 pm 24 Oct 11

When do we see the contract hunters lining up these dogs in their gunsights?

gospeedygo 3:18 pm 24 Oct 11

Oh goodie, more things to dodge! I love a good challenge.

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

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