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The “Vessel of (Horti)cultural Plenty 2009” comes to “The Latin American Quarter”

By johnboy - 26 October 2009 19

In other, less foolish, cities sometimes large numbers of people with a similar background come to live in the same neighbourhood. With the passing of the years the area in which they live may come to be known for the background of its residents.

And so many cities will have a “Latin Quarter” where people of latin american descent live. It’s a nicer word than ghetto. (As in: “my house cleaner and gardener don’t live in a ghetto, they live in the latin quarter”)

But it would appear that some committee of cardigan clad numpties in the ACT Government has noted that other cities have latin quarters and decided we needed one too.

Thus the Canberra Times informs us that the area around Childers Street, already grandly known as the “City West Arts Precinct” can now glory in the name of “The Latin American Quarter” (presumably someone on the committee was concerned that without a qualifier people would start gadding around in togas and who knows where that might lead?).

Even better it’s getting a whopping great piece of public art (for a price unspecified) known as “The Vessel of (Horti)cultural Plenty 2009”.

The huge illuminated vase with ”flowers that move with the breeze” will sit perfectly in the City West Arts Precinct, Langley said this week…

Made from galvanised steel, polycarbonate, stainless steel and optic fibre cable, the Vessel stands 11m high. It took three months to build, and is expected to be launched in Canberra in early December.

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The “Vessel of (Horti)cultural Plenty 2009” comes to “The Latin American Quarter”
I-filed 11:19 pm 26 Oct 09

A Tadpole Drinking said :

Tidalik, you are perfectly correct. The Latin Quarter has nothing to do with latin America or Spanish speakers. It does, of course, historically come from the Latin Quarter of Paris where the folk who peopled the Sorbonne were Latin speakers. The Left bank is still great place to visit even if you have been spoiled by visits to West Civic.

Who can be our resident Quasimodo then? I can think of a couple of candidates!

rosscoact 10:49 pm 26 Oct 09

It’s actually Latin-American Plaza.

A dozen latin-american countries asked the NCA for a spot where they could hold festivals and put some art and the ACT came up with this place which was a pretty scabby patch of grass and clay but has been redone.

A Tadpole Drinking 8:14 pm 26 Oct 09

Tidalik, you are perfectly correct. The Latin Quarter has nothing to do with latin America or Spanish speakers. It does, of course, historically come from the Latin Quarter of Paris where the folk who peopled the Sorbonne were Latin speakers. The Left bank is still great place to visit even if you have been spoiled by visits to West Civic.

georgesgenitals 6:49 pm 26 Oct 09

This is an outrage. The citizens of Hispania have been under-represented in our fair city for far too long, and you lot have the nerve to criticise?!?!?

I-filed 6:34 pm 26 Oct 09

It’s one crap sculpture. Bad form, bad proportions … the vase part looks as though it’s based on something you would find remaindered at Clint’s. Nothing wrong with a remaindered Clints item – small, ends up in the shed. Langley is having us on.

Thumper 6:17 pm 26 Oct 09

This is a wind up? Right?

Latin American quarter?

fabforty 5:01 pm 26 Oct 09

……..*sigh*………….WWWWHHHHHYYYYYYY ???????

Pommy bastard 3:22 pm 26 Oct 09

Oh god, more pubic art. (yes deliberate)

Don’t we suffer enough from a superabundance of these annoying things? Looking at the photograph kindly supplied by Skids, it would appear that another meaningless monstrosity, a second-hand one at that, will be now purchased for John Stanhope the unsuspecting public, at great expense.

And, sure, if any “quarter’; were to be announced it should be an “English Quarter”, I bet we outnumber our darker skinned brothers here…

Seekay, thank you for my “rolling on the floor” moment of the day.

tidalik 3:08 pm 26 Oct 09

I’m confused. I always thought a city’s Latin Quarter was its university precinct. Students (traditionally) learnt and spoke Latin, which is where the name came from. The idea that a Latin Quarter is a city’s ghetto probably comes from the bohemian lifestyle of students (and the people they tend to hang out with).

If I am correct then “latin american quarter” makes no sense at all, but “latin quarter” does make sense, being near the ANU and all.

barking toad 12:11 pm 26 Oct 09

Yet another edifice dedicated to the mayor in his quest for idol status.

Meanwhile, hospitals struggle, potholes grow…..etc.

Is there any control on this extravagance?

seekay 11:38 am 26 Oct 09

I’m going to start following Canberra practice and start calling my dull family car a V12 E-Type Jaguar. Just because something very, very, very clearly isn’t what it is badged doesn’t seem to stop the Chief Minister and his cronies.

George D 11:27 am 26 Oct 09

I don’t mind this stupidity, as long as they’re not spending money on it. Oh, wait…

Childers St makes a lot of sense as an arts precinct (what with the music and art school, the Street Theatre, and the Drill Hall Gallery. It makes no sense as a “Latin American Quarter”. I have never heard Spanish or Portugese spoken there, ever.

Skidbladnir 10:06 am 26 Oct 09

Launched?
The thing was on display in Sydney for three weeks back in June.

http://www.smartlightsydney.com/artists/langley
Picture of it on flickr from Roshan Sukhla.

Warren Langley is the same guy who is doing the 22m tower on the Kingston Foreshore.
He doesn’t do things cheap, though.
(Previous Riot coverage on the man)

RandomGit 9:45 am 26 Oct 09

I feel like I’m living in bizarro world. It’s like 1984 meets … something involving an arts explosion. Ah, it’s too early to think.

neanderthalsis 9:13 am 26 Oct 09

Should not that part of towm be known as the Chinese/Japanese/Korean Student Quarter? Unless we have had large numbers of Hispanics settling there in the last couple of weeks it seems a rather stupid invention of some wanky CT journo.

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