Melbourne public art

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Eagle (Bunjil)

eagle close up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description

“Eagle” is a beautiful sculpture standing 25 metres or about seven storeys high. Inspired by “Bunjil”, the eaglehawk regarded as a spirit creator by the Kulin nations, which include the Wurundjeri people.The enormous scale is what makes it so amazing and one cannot perhaps appreciate its vast size from a distance. You can see it from several different roads that go past the site. It is also symbolic of watching over its people

This imposing Statue is 25-metre high as tall as a seven storey building. The pediment is painted jarrah wood fixed on a steel frame, and the bird itself is cast aluminium which has been painted to resemble polychromed hardwood. The eyes are crafted with glass.

Sculptor

Bruce Armstrong

Bruce Armstrong’s name is synonymous with current sculptural practice in Melbourne. His work adorns public spaces throughout the city. The monumental animal figures which he carves from native red gum and cypress appeal equally to the senses of sight, touch and smell; and engage the spectator in fascinating dialogues about mythology, the spiritual force of nature, and the relationship of public sculpture to architectural design.

Armstrong has a Graduate diploma in Sculpture and a Bachelor of Art in Sculpture from RMIT, Melbourne 

Installed

 2002 – commissioned byMelbourne, Docklands Authority

Where can I find it?

Located on a grassy knoll at the intersection of Flinders Street and Wurundjeri Way.


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The Ballet dancer

Ballet dancer - public art in Melbourne

Description

An impressive stone sculpture depicting a lady in a ballet costume and doing a half twist and bow

 Artists / Sculptors

Friends of VCA (Victoria College of Arts)

The Friends of the VCA Inc has been instrumental in the success of its graduates through its support by way of fundraising and awards such as the Friends Encouragement Awards.  These awards are given annually to students who have shown improvement and dedication to pursuing their studies.

Where can I find it?

St.Kilda Road, outside the Victoria College of Arts.

In the same place one can also find the Head and Fist Sculpture

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Stone sculpture – Head and Fist

Sculpture Victoria college of the arts Melbourne

Description

 This is a well thought of stone sculpture. It is located outside the Victoria College of Arts. I may be wrong, but I think this a take on the “Thinker” statue by Auguste Rodin. Its part of a sculpture project on the St.Kilda Road

Artists / Sculptors

Friends of VCA (Victoria College of Arts)

The Friends of the VCA Inc has been instrumental in the success of its graduates through its support by way of fundraising and awards such as the Friends Encouragement Awards.  These awards are given annually to students who have shown improvement and dedication to pursuing their studies.

Where can I find it?

St.Kilda Road, outside the Victoria College of Arts.

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AURORA

Melbourne Docklands

Aurora – Melbourne Docklands

 

Description

Named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora’s inverted cargo net makes a symbolic connection to Docklands’ history as Victoria’s most important port. The stainless steel surface is highly reflective and, at night, is lit from within to create a glowing orb floating above the street.

The artist’s brief was to make a major sculptural work that would focus on the concept of lightness. From certain angles the work appears open and net-like while from other view points it regains its solidity. At nighttime the work will be lit internally, creating an impression of a glowing orb floating above the pavement. The piece encourages pedestrians to walk through its legs and look upwards, to “focus their attention away from the everyday and to reflect upon the work and the sky beyond.”

12000 x 12000 x 12000 cm

Artists / Sculptors 

Geoffrey Barlett – Geoffrey Bartlett was born in Melbourne in 1952. He studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology from 1971-73 and undertook a post-graduate diploma in 1976.

Bartlett has undertaken public sculpture commissions for the National Gallery of Victoria, the City of Auckland, the City of Melbourne, the City of Newcastle, the Australian National University and Melbourne Docklands. He is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Parliament House Art Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art and in many regional, university, corporate and private collections. Bartlett was awarded the Ian Potter Foundation Sculpture Award in 1982 and the Australia Council studio in Tuscany in 1984

Geoffrey Bartlett lives and works in Melbourne.

 

Installed

2006

 

Where can I find it?

It is right in front of the National Australian Bank (NAB) headquarters, situated in the Docklands. It is at the corner Harbour Esplanade and Bourke Street

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Blowhole – melbourne docklands

 

 

Melbourne docklands art

Description

 

Blowhole is a large scale public art commission (won through competition) for Vic Urban in Docklands.

 

Blowhole’ is a 15-metre high wind-powered sculpture. As the wind blows through, armature and cups interact with each other to form patterns, colours and shadows. Blowhole’s various parts spin in different directions.  Reflecting the site’s maritime theme, together the cups resemble the form an anemometer, used on top of a yacht’s mast. Blowhole is an environmentally responsive artwork, expressing states ranging from calmness to frenzy, with the rotation speed of its elements dependent on the strength and direction of the wind. By day, the anodised cups pulse with reflected sunlight, by night they are lit from within. The sculpture also is able to change its full aspect as it rotates around its vertical axis.

 

The sculpture is made out of Anodised aluminum cups

Watch the movement on video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avm4hpN9epQ

Artists / Sculptors

 

Duncan Stemler aSydneybased artist who is interested in Kinetic sculptures.

Installed

2005

Where can I find it?

Docklands (Docklands is said to have at least 36 outdoor Artworks spread around the area)

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Chloe

 

Chloe was painted by the French artist Jules Joseph Lefebvre

Chloe

Well I admit this is not actually the typical ‘public art’. But it is in one way public art as it hangs in a pub in Melbourne called Young and Jacksons. The painting is hung in what is called the Chloe’s bar which is located on the top floor of the pub.

Description

 Jules Lefebvre named his painting ‘Chloe’. Little is known about the model called Marie. She is said to about 19 years old when the painting was made. Roughly two years after the painting was made, Marie is said to have committed suicide by consuming a boiled soup of poisonous matches. The reason for the early end of this beautiful woman is thought to be unrequitted love

Artist

Jules Joseph Lefebvre was a French figure painter. Lefebvre entered the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in 1852 and was a pupil of Léon Cogniet.

He won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1861. Between 1855 and 1898, he exhibited 72 portraits in the Paris Salon. In 1891, he became a member of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts. He was long a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts.

Many of his paintings are single figures of beautiful women. Among his best portraits were those of M. L. Reynaud and the Prince Imperial (1874Installed

Chloe painting is worth a look, the artist has been able to bring out the lolita innocense of the model, looking more like a nymph lost in the woods.

Installed

Chloe was painted by Lefebvre around 1875 when it made its debut at the Paris Salon. It was purchased by Henry Figsby Young, the then owner of the pub Young and Jacksons in 1909

 Where can I find it?

Chloe’s Bar in Young and Jackson’s pub located on the Corner of Swanston & Flinders Streets. It is hard to miss. The painting hangs on the first floor lounge called the Chloe’s Bar

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GAYIP – the Travellers

Gayip - The Traveller sculpture in Melboourne, public art

Description

Gayip is the ceremonial meeting of the different Australian Aborigines clans, where they would interact with each other through stories, dance, storing telling. It was vital for many of their social traditions like marriage, trading, settling disputes etc. Gayip is also used to signify community or gathering.

What other apt name could be possible for this sculpture that signifies the Aboriginal Period. The sculpture is part of a larger installation called the ‘Travellers’. The ‘Travellers’ sculpture signify the 10 periods of Australia migration, with a sculpture representing each period. The Gayip is the first in the row that represents the Aboriginal community.

The sculpture is made out of Stainless Steel. Here are some statistics:

Length of steel: 223.5m / Mass: 7701kg / Surface area: 121.6m2/ Steel elements: 198

Artists / Sculptors

Nadim Karam along with an indigenous artist Mandy Nicholson designed this particular sculpture representing the Aboriginal Period.

Nadim Karam an eminent sculptor, artist and lecturer, from Beirut was chosen to design the Traveller sculpture. He created the concept of story telling architecture. He has regularly held academic positions in Tokyo and Beirut, and was Dean of the Faculty of Architecture Art and Design at Notre Dame University in Lebanon from 2000-2003.

Mandy has practiced visual art since 1994 and studied Koorie art and design at RMIT University in Bundoora and Monash University. In addition to creating her own works, Mandy has also been a contributor to large-scale public artworks including the Manchester and Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Installed

2005 – 2006

Where can I find it?

The Sandridge bridge pedestrian plaza next to the Queensbridge Street in South Bank precinct. The place was a traditional meeting place for the indigenous tribes. It is located across the Yarra River.

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Cow up a tree

Cow up a tree - melbourne docklands

Description

The sculpture is mostly described as surreal, weird and bizarre – all in an appreciative context

This eight meters high sculpture adorns the waterfront of the Melbourne Docklands. The sculpture was inspired by an actual incident of a cow getting stuck in a tree during floods in Victoria. The artist used the image of the cow to create this piece. The sculpture is also a reminder of the violent floods in the Victoria region.

This sculpture has been exhibited in The Hague, in Paris and now it has a permanent exhibition in Melbourne. The sculpture is made of 5 tones of bronze.

Artists / Sculptors

John Kelly was born in the UK, studies in Australia and now lives in Ireland. He is quite famous for his sculptures in Australia. He has also used the cow theme in other sculptures too, around the world.

Installed

The first time in 2001 and then dismantled and reinstalled in 2003

Where can I find it?

Harbour Esplanade, the Docklands area ofMelbourne

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Public Purse

Public Purse - Public Art

 

Description

It looks amazingly real, except for the size of it.

What makes it even more interesting is the fact that it is bang in middle of Melbourne’s shopping street – the Bourke Street Mall.

In January 1994, the City of Melbourne called for design submissions for unique and distinctive forms of street seating. Simon Perry’s The Public Purse was one of the works selected. This piece was commissioned as part of council’s Percent for Art Program, in which one per cent of council’s capital works budget went towards funding public artworks, with the goal of integrating public art into the design and development of the city.

In creating The Public Purse, Perry was interested making an object that would work both conceptually and poetically, while still addressing the context of the site. The Public Purse engages with its environment through its clear reference to the commercial nature of the area. Perry says of this red-granite sculpture that it ‘signifies an interaction between the city and citizens, the public and the private’. Looking like nothing less than an oversized dropped purse, this public seating can be located anywhere in the retail district without ever looking out of place. It is made out of Calca red granite and stainless-steel.

Artist / Sculptor

Simon Perry is a highly awarded and publicly recognised visual artist and academic and was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome and the Royal Academy Gold Medal for Sculpture. Perry has a particular interest in Art in Public Space. Simon Perry studied art in England now lectures in Sculpture and Art in Public Place at RMIT.

Installed

1994

Where can I find it?

Bourke Street Mall, right in front of the GPO

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Three businessmen who bought their own lunch

Three Businessmen Melbourne Public Art

Description

The sculptors named the three businessmen after leading figures who established the city of Melbourne – Swanston (Charles) a prominent businessman and banker in Melbourne, Batman (John) who founded the first settlement in Melbourne and Hoodle (Charles), who designed the layout of the CBD of Melbourne, now called Hoodle Grid. 

I guess the sculptors were trying to convey that the pioneers are watching over the growth and progress of the city. The figures however blend in and seem like they are normal people, day dreaming while waiting for the pedestrian signal to turn green. They also remind one of the weary office crowd going home after a hard days work

Artist Alison Weaver claims that while the men are named and motionless, they are also intended to be anonymous and to represent being ‘trapped in the perpetual motion of consumerism’; strategically placed near a busy shopping area.

It is said that the free hands of the figures are regularly cleaned and polished as the public holds hands with them – for photo ops or for fun. The sculpture is made out of metal.

Interestingly the Sculpture was gifted by the Government of Nauru to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the City of Melbourne. Nauru is an oval shaped island in the Western Pacific Ocean. They apparently are making a lot of money taking in refugees that seek Asylum in Australia. (I can’t confirm this though….)

Artists / Sculptors

The sculptors are Alison Waver and Paul Quinn. Both are Australian artists with various works and commissions to their credit

Installed

April 1994

Where can I find it?

Corner of Swanston and Bourke Streets

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