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Who is Joy Birch?

By johnboy - 4 December 2012 28

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Pork Hunt has noticed that the plaque for the newest piece of public art in Civic proclaims it was launched (unveiled surely) by a “Joy Birch”.

We’ve enquired of Joy Burch’s office what’s being done and how much it’s going to cost and will let you know.

This from the office that produced the Rolltide tweet.


UPDATE 05/12/12 10:00: We’ve had this explanation from Joy Burch’s office:

The plaque that is currently there was only ever meant to be temporary one. A more permanent will be installed soon-with the correct name.

The temporary plaque process intrigued us so we asked for more details to this response:

I would have to get some advice on that-not my normal area of expertise. I will see what I can find out.

We look forward to hearing all about it.


UPDATE 05/12/12 14:30: This explanation has now arrived:

So some further information on Plaques.

For all public artworks we install bronze plaques, these plaques take about 4 weeks to make and install. Given that for many public art launches the date of final installation and unveiling is not always known that far in advance we install temporary plaques for the purposes of the ceremony.

For the Other Side of Midnight a permanent plaque has been ordered and the supplier is pursuing with the foundry to have this available prior to Christmas.

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hobo 6:42 pm 05 Dec 12

Of course it makes sense to wait until the thing is launched to make the permanent plaque. That way people don’t whinge when it’s opened on a different date or by a different person and the plaque needs redoing.

Aaroncbr 4:44 pm 05 Dec 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

But she won’t be able to sack the poor worker who screwed up because they have some issues outside work that are causing them lots of stress and disciplinary action will only inflame the situation to the point that they will have to sue the government department for harassment……

That was really funny. Tell it again.

dpm 3:38 pm 05 Dec 12

Lazy I said :

You seriously can’t see the difference?

The plaque posted in this thread is ‘flat’ and looks like the black was digitally printed. The permanent plaque you linked to is made out of cast bronze or the like and is ‘3D’, with raised lettering, far more hard wearing.

This is most definitely a temporary plaque, and I have no doubt the replacement will be cast with raised lettering.

Nope, from the pics presented I can’t see that difference! Perhaps i’ve got sh1t eyesight…
If I worked/lived nearby them and gave a damn perhaps I’d go and check it myself, but it a no from me on both counts! Hahahaha!

PantsMan 3:06 pm 05 Dec 12

1. Minister is a retard.
2. Staffers are all retards.
3. Directorate is just full of retards.
4. ACT taxpayers pay for this incompetent shit.

And:

Given that for many public art launches…

I forgot we are the D-grade public art capital of the world.

Lazy I 2:11 pm 05 Dec 12

dpm said :

..because it looks *so* much like a temporary plaque (It looks the same as all the other paques at art installations. e.g. http://the-riotact.com/on-the-road-again-at-lyons-shops/60948 ). I wonder what the difference between it and the ‘permanent’ one will be? My guess is only the corrected typo! Hahahaha!

You seriously can’t see the difference?

The plaque posted in this thread is ‘flat’ and looks like the black was digitally printed. The permanent plaque you linked to is made out of cast bronze or the like and is ‘3D’, with raised lettering, far more hard wearing.

This is most definitely a temporary plaque, and I have no doubt the replacement will be cast with raised lettering.

DrKoresh 1:47 pm 05 Dec 12

switch said :

Couldn’t you just knock the “I” off with a cold chisel and solder on a “U” in situ?

Maybe that’ll happen to the new plaque (in reverse). He-he.

Nah, get rid of the ‘R’, put in a ‘T’.

Ian 1:20 pm 05 Dec 12

Doesn’t look very temporary to me. A temporary one to me would have stick on letters and stuff like that. And if using temporary plaques is a planned ACT Govt activity, might I suggest somebody’s budget could usefully do with having a chainsaw taken to it.

And, to nitpick a bit, the word “launched” bothers me. Does one “launch” a piece of artwork? I’d have thought “unveiled” is more accurate.

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