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Melbourne Docklands

Aurora – Melbourne Docklands



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.





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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