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 stelita 4:00 pm 17 Nov 10

Can I give my share of money in that thing to the homeless people that live in the park? I didn’t think Canberra needed another wind mill.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 4:15 pm 17 Nov 10

stelita said :

Can I give my share of money in that thing to the homeless people that live in the park? I didn’t think Canberra needed another wind mill.

If you can tell me accurately how much ‘your share’ is, I will personally donate that amount to each homelss person living in the park.

I would welcome you to join me – we can get big novelty cheques printed – it will be great.

Just because your idea of art is the internationally renowned ‘dogs playing poker’ doesn’t mean other art shouldn’t be funded.

lobster lobster 4:16 pm 17 Nov 10

I can’t wait to scratch my name into that…

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 4:26 pm 17 Nov 10

lobster said :

I can’t wait to scratch my name into that…

Yes, vandalism is so clever.

bitzermaloney bitzermaloney 4:41 pm 17 Nov 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Just because your idea of art is the internationally renowned ‘dogs playing poker’ doesn’t mean other art shouldn’t be funded.

… and vice versa.

It doesn’t mean it should be funded.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 4:41 pm 17 Nov 10

lobster said :

I can’t wait to scratch my name into that…

Don’t you dare…

Spray paint it, like everyone else will….

lobster lobster 4:42 pm 17 Nov 10

clever

colourful sydney racing identity said :

lobster said :

I can’t wait to scratch my name into that…

Yes, vandalism is so clever.

Clever like a fox!

screaming banshee screaming banshee 5:32 pm 17 Nov 10

Yeah, that’ll last!

Deref Deref 5:34 pm 17 Nov 10

I wish he’d take my proportion of his generous donation to the football industry and spend it on some more nice eye candy like that.

sepi sepi 5:45 pm 17 Nov 10

i love it!

and heaps of people will get the see it in Glebe Park, as the last tiny bit of green grass near civic.

fabforty fabforty 5:52 pm 17 Nov 10

Doomed

goose goose 6:05 pm 17 Nov 10

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.

Mysteryman Mysteryman 6:17 pm 17 Nov 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

stelita said :

Can I give my share of money in that thing to the homeless people that live in the park? I didn’t think Canberra needed another wind mill.

If you can tell me accurately how much ‘your share’ is, I will personally donate that amount to each homelss person living in the park.

I would welcome you to join me – we can get big novelty cheques printed – it will be great.

Just because your idea of art is the internationally renowned ‘dogs playing poker’ doesn’t mean other art shouldn’t be funded.

Art is great, but I think this is just another example of the Stanhope government being completely out of touch with what the vast majority of ACT tax payers would like their money spent on.

The Frots The Frots 6:46 pm 17 Nov 10

Arrrrhhhhhh. For Gods sake, can’t this Government understand that the money really needs to go………………well, where its needed most? What is it with these morons?

And to top it off, this thing looks like crap!

On a brighter note, I have some art he can buy (at a ridiculous price of course) and mount it on a pedestal near his home! Now, what will it be……………….?

MJay MJay 7:08 pm 17 Nov 10

Another shrine for mully, just what we needed.

sepi sepi 9:53 pm 17 Nov 10

Due to all the whinging and whining about the art program, it has been cancelled, and we won’t get any more. Ones like this are the last few that were commissioned before the art program was cancelled.

caf caf 10:44 pm 17 Nov 10

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

homeone homeone 10:49 pm 17 Nov 10

I’ll be going to have a look before it gets too trashed

deezagood deezagood 11:01 pm 17 Nov 10

It’s lovely. Stupid waste of money … but lovely.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 12:12 am 18 Nov 10

See now all these positives about this piece (oo ahhh – isn’t it shiny?) reminds me of all the slagging off about Stipa on Gungahlin Drive.

It’s like people that get all gooey over animals that are cute and furry, but have no time or regard for ones that are smelly or ugly.

I have a background in the environment and Landcare and to me Stipa was instantly recognisable as a native grass tussock. But there was the brilliant and cutting artist’s comment through use of the heavy steel beams about the way the mechanisation of the roadway slahes through the native grasslands there (and well all over Canberra) and how the environment comes a very distant second to the needs of our suburbs and of course our slavish dedication to one car per commuter. It was almost like the artist was thumbing their nose at the ACT Roads project, from whence the piece was funded. Do people see the irony of that?

Stipa resonates with me and my value set, in a similar way I guess to how some people are reacting to this new piece.

It’s just that Stipa is in such a bloody stupid location, where it is so critical that people are watching where they are going and their merging, rather than placing it on an open section of road. But that was the ACT Government’s fault – not the artist’s.

Maybe people would have loved it more if it had also been all nice and shiny? It’d be a fun job climbing it to do the polishing…

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