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Weird street art near Franklin

By ThisIsAName - 3 April 2012 22

public art in franklin

Recently I spotted this bizarre and slightly disturbing “art” next to a bus stop along Flemington Rd. The head reminds me some sort of kids sketch character, although I just can’t think of what specifically.

There is some cranial resemblance to Stewie Griffin too.

Like the Belco owl, this bit public art looks somewhat childish…

lady with flowers

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Weird street art near Franklin
Ado 5:58 pm 03 Apr 12

HenryBG said :

pepmeup said :

What did this cost us? I like the public art in the city and at local shops, where people can interact with the art. But this plus the steel grass and coppers logs on the GDE plus the goldfish one down south, plus the owl at Belconnen Markets. What has it all cost? what else could we do with the money?

I *do* have a soft spot for the sheep outside Kambah shops, especially the way they periodically get “decorated”.

Sorry for hijacking a bit here, but what is going on with the orange …thing… on the Drakeford Drive median strip?

PrinceOfAles 5:58 pm 03 Apr 12

On the whole I don`t mind the public art but this (and the owl) just looks so out of place in its surroundings. As schmeah said a sh1t load of trees would look much better.

fabforty 4:51 pm 03 Apr 12

I think it should only be called “public art” when the public has actually had a say in it.

“Lady with Flowers Standing on Top of a Septic Tank” would be a more appropriate title for this.

They need to stop now …… no, seriously……. just stop.

HenryBG 3:36 pm 03 Apr 12

pepmeup said :

What did this cost us? I like the public art in the city and at local shops, where people can interact with the art. But this plus the steel grass and coppers logs on the GDE plus the goldfish one down south, plus the owl at Belconnen Markets. What has it all cost? what else could we do with the money?

I *do* have a soft spot for the sheep outside Kambah shops, especially the way they periodically get “decorated”.

pepmeup 3:24 pm 03 Apr 12

What did this cost us? I like the public art in the city and at local shops, where people can interact with the art. But this plus the steel grass and coppers logs on the GDE plus the goldfish one down south, plus the owl at Belconnen Markets. What has it all cost? what else could we do with the money?

EvanJames 3:19 pm 03 Apr 12

HenryBG said :

I think it’s brilliant that the ACT Government is putting the Territory’s Year7 Art projects on public display.

Obviously, if they put valuable Art out there, it would get nicked.

If you want to see Art with merit, you just have to go somewhere where they have stuff made prior to 1950 and which is safely locked up at night.

Heh. that’s just about the size of it. This so-called art looks like someone just making stuff they think will sell. Decorative art, perhaps the government bought it at a garden centre.

Or Bunnings.

poetix 2:50 pm 03 Apr 12

‘Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate’

That’s what the inscription should read.

Bluey 2:21 pm 03 Apr 12

Thats our Gungahlin troll! It keeps the riff raff out and frightens the children into behaving well.

I still hate it though. Every time I drive past it I wonder how long itd take to get the head off with an oxy torch.

HenryBG 2:07 pm 03 Apr 12

I think it’s brilliant that the ACT Government is putting the Territory’s Year7 Art projects on public display.

Obviously, if they put valuable Art out there, it would get nicked.

If you want to see Art with merit, you just have to go somewhere where they have stuff made prior to 1950 and which is safely locked up at night.

damien haas 1:48 pm 03 Apr 12

Is it going to rush out into the road and offer to clean my windscreen ?

arescarti42 1:39 pm 03 Apr 12

I like the piece, but agree that the location is bad. Why can’t they put these things places pedestrians go?

Mysteryman 1:20 pm 03 Apr 12

It’s been a while since I vented about public art…

I’ve given up on trying to understand what the government is hoping to achieve with this garbage. Do they really think that dotting the city with a random, haphazard collection of junk is going to somehow make Canberra more “vibrant” or “exciting”? Many of these pieces of art (and I use the term loosely) are situation right next to roads, where there is little pedestrian access or activity. While I like the fact that poor placement probably means that fewer people are visually assaulted by these creations, it compounds the feeling that the money spent on each piece has been wasted. I think it’s served to make Canberra look more like a poorly thought out imitation of what a vibrant, creative city should look like.

/end rant.

I should also say that I like art generally. I just think this whole program is poorly planned and implemented.

schmeah 1:17 pm 03 Apr 12

Oh dear .. that’s meant to be a woman. I’d rather the treeless plain of Flemington Road be lined with well, trees and/or shrubs instead of just another publically funded sun-dial.

puggy 12:39 pm 03 Apr 12

I was wondering when someone would send in a pic!

Mothy 12:28 pm 03 Apr 12

There’s another one just like it in Civic, keeping watch over the Merry Go Round.

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