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This is art! Windstone – a trail of cloud

johnboy 18 November 2010 40

[First filed: Nov 17, 2010 @ 15:48]

Windstone

Chief Minister Stanhope has real reason to be proud in announcing his latest piece of public art.

It’s just inside Glebe Park at the corner of Bunda and Akuna.

A new 2.3m-high granite and stainless steel sculpture by Japanese artist Koichi Ishino was unveiled by Chief Minister and Minister for the Arts and Heritage, Jon Stanhope, today.

“This piece, Windstone – a trail of a cloud, is a fine example of the inlay technique that Koichi Ishino has pioneered where he joins and polishes metal and stone into one seamless surface,” Mr Stanhope said.

The pictures (slideshow below) don’t really do this thing justice. It slices through the mind like a knife, and the reflections from it are almost vertiginous. A real corker.


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stelita 3:30 pm 25 Nov 10

goose said :

This is F&^*#*. I am told by Stanhopless Government employees, that the lighting in my street is not safe or up to standard and an extra light pole needs to be installed. But because there is no money it can’t be done. Their workaround was to install a brighter light bulb.
Stanhope’s priorities are about himself.

This is my point. Prioritise. Or did you miss that 2 hour course Mr Stanhope? We are mostly public servants here, and I’m sure most of us here are better administrators that know how to use common sense. I agree that we should be decorating Canberra, but how about using local upcoming artists or even students that don’t charge as much?? Not every work has to be a master piece. It just has to have character, tell a story or be meaningful to Canberrans or visitors.

Lokita 3:06 pm 21 Nov 10

At least it is better than those sheep near the merry go round!

MsCheeky 1:51 pm 19 Nov 10

JB, just in case you are still reading this thread, I went over to Glebe Park today to look at this artwork, and I agree with you, I think it’s absolutely wonderful. If I had a lazy $60k, I’d want to buy one.

troll-sniffer 1:51 pm 18 Nov 10

Swaggie said :

“I think I love you.”

First came Steve and Olivia
now
CSRI & Troll Sniffer….it’s Spring..love is in the air 🙂

Ah yes well I’m taken, Bimbogeek got in first ages ago… speaking of, haven’t seen her around lately

harley 1:29 pm 18 Nov 10

The pictures (slideshow below) don’t really do this thing justice. It slices through the mind like a knife, and the reflections from it are almost vertiginous. A real corker.

Is that sarcasm? I can’t tell.

fermion 1:21 pm 18 Nov 10

It could be quite dangerous when the wind blows.
At least the homeless can use it to cut their oranges, unless they don’t have any.

colourful sydney racing identity 1:17 pm 18 Nov 10

nevermind. turns out it was just indigsetion. sorry to get your hopes up.

Diggety 12:36 pm 18 Nov 10

Swaggie said :

“I think I love you.”

First came Steve and Olivia
now
CSRI & Troll Sniffer….it’s Spring..love is in the air 🙂

Maybe the next peice of public art can be a statue of CSRI & troll giving each back pats- or even rusty trombones…

Swaggie 12:31 pm 18 Nov 10

“I think I love you.”

First came Steve and Olivia
now
CSRI & Troll Sniffer….it’s Spring..love is in the air 🙂

colourful sydney racing identity 12:04 pm 18 Nov 10

troll-sniffer said :

I hope the motley lot of philistines who poke their minimal cranial appendages into this site are not representative of the city as a whole. Then again public servants, the most self-indulgent smug lot of perfect intellectuals ever to hit the planet, but who for some reason still enjoy league, the moron channels and foxtel, and mindlessly inane chatter about the latest celebs and facebook, comprise a large proportion of the RA readership and contributors, so perhaps it’s of no surprise that the above views are bandied about.

The public servant’s museums wouldn’t have the Mona Lisa, for Leonardo’s patron’s money would have spent on providing temporary shelter for a few homeless Venetians. Their chapels would never have seen Michelangelo’s ceiling, the money that was to be wasted on him would have gone to more brooms to sweep the detritus away from the town hall’s steps. And so on.

Morons.

I think I love you.

Diggety 11:45 am 18 Nov 10

troll-sniffer said :

I hope the motley lot of philistines who poke their minimal cranial appendages into this site are not representative of the city as a whole. Then again public servants, the most self-indulgent smug lot of perfect intellectuals ever to hit the planet, but who for some reason still enjoy league, the moron channels and foxtel, and mindlessly inane chatter about the latest celebs and facebook, comprise a large proportion of the RA readership and contributors, so perhaps it’s of no surprise that the above views are bandied about.

The public servant’s museums wouldn’t have the Mona Lisa, for Leonardo’s patron’s money would have spent on providing temporary shelter for a few homeless Venetians. Their chapels would never have seen Michelangelo’s ceiling, the money that was to be wasted on him would have gone to more brooms to sweep the detritus away from the town hall’s steps. And so on.

Morons.

Who are you talking to?

troll-sniffer 11:29 am 18 Nov 10

I hope the motley lot of philistines who poke their minimal cranial appendages into this site are not representative of the city as a whole. Then again public servants, the most self-indulgent smug lot of perfect intellectuals ever to hit the planet, but who for some reason still enjoy league, the moron channels and foxtel, and mindlessly inane chatter about the latest celebs and facebook, comprise a large proportion of the RA readership and contributors, so perhaps it’s of no surprise that the above views are bandied about.

The public servant’s museums wouldn’t have the Mona Lisa, for Leonardo’s patron’s money would have spent on providing temporary shelter for a few homeless Venetians. Their chapels would never have seen Michelangelo’s ceiling, the money that was to be wasted on him would have gone to more brooms to sweep the detritus away from the town hall’s steps. And so on.

Morons.

Floydwafer 9:36 am 18 Nov 10

(They seem to lack the want to perform fundamental tasks around town such as weed control for instance. Just driving around town it’s embarrassing how out of contol the weed population is getting. There are acres of Pattisons Curse, scotch thistles, blackberries and fireweed rampant in our suburbs. One of my workmates lives on a property in Murrumbateman & the Yass shire council will fine them if so much as a dandylion pops it’s head up out of the ground.)

It is certainly not for a lack of wanting to do weed control, but lack of funding. It does not help when ACT weed control budgets are substantially cut, allowing only for high priority weed control (e.g. protecting our high conservation areas). I think you may have confused Fireweed with St John’s Wort, only several Fireweed plants have been recorded in the ACT.

eh_steve 9:30 am 18 Nov 10

From the report I read it cost $60,000, and was paid for out of the old percent for arts scheme. In that scheme one cent from every dollar spent on capital works went to public art.

The Canberra Times reported that the scheme was finished in 2008, this is just the remaining funds being spent and the fund is nearly exhausted, so people can calm down and enjoy this one!

We’re not Sydney, We’re not Melbourne, but we’re not the back of Bourke either. At $60,000 something nice like this for the city is money well spent.

Katietonia 9:02 am 18 Nov 10

Well I think it’s nice.

Joker 8:55 am 18 Nov 10

Can anyone tell me what’s written on the plaque?

colourful sydney racing identity 8:19 am 18 Nov 10

To all the people whigning and whining about it being a waste of money – how much did it cost?

KB1971 7:46 am 18 Nov 10

caf said :

Yep, now people can get right back to whinging and whining about how “soulless” the city is.

But art Aline doesn’t give a city it’s soul & to be honest some if the art commissioned seems pointless and inappropriate like the metal structure on the GDE. It looks horrible & not the sort of look I want for this city.

I don’t mind the whirlybird things for their novelty factor & nor do I really dislike this one but I do have to wonder about the priorities of this government.

They seem to lack the want to perform fundamental tasks around town such as weed control for instance. Just driving around town it’s embarrassing how out of contol the weed population is getting. There are acres of Pattisons Curse, scotch thistles, blackberries and fireweed rampant in our suburbs. One of my workmates lives on a property in Murrumbateman & the Yass shire council will fine them if so much as a dandylion pops it’s head up out of the ground.

As far as a soul is concerned, I think Canberra has a soul, it’s just not what is considered a soul by Sydney or Melbourns standards but why do we want to be like them? I like Canberra for what it is, not what other cities are.

wildturkeycanoe 6:40 am 18 Nov 10

Exactly why art shouldn’t be funded. Why is a Japanese artist taking work from our own artists here in Canberra? Do we contribute to their cities with Oz art? I’m not saying I support funding for art [I do not to the extreme when it can be better spent], but wasting it overseas is even worse.

Cretilda 12:26 am 18 Nov 10

The artist – Koichi – is a lovely person, and makes absolutely beautiful sculptures. His work is so well made, and the steel seems to almost disappear when you look at it. Even if you hate art, it’s a really cool effect to see (so please do go see it, and don’t hurt it!).

I wish the public art of the ACT were better curated.. then we could have more Windstones, granite packages and bird-men, and less twisted piles of steel, windmills and scary flat-men.

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