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Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Making Amends

My two most recent Sunday Selections posts have been about the street art in a small section of town.  A few of you noted (quite accurately) that other than the image I had not given you any information about the sculptures.

I told you that my memory was suspect and that I would respond after I next went into town.  I went in to do a shift at Lifeline this morning, and wandered around with my camera again.  I also covered a wider area (by a block) so there will be more street art photos on Sunday.

Clicking on the photos will, I hope, make them large enough for you to read the details.















I know some of you wanted more information about this next installation, but my photo was blurred to the point of illegibility.  Another time.  I promise.


74 comments:

  1. I still love that running pack . . .

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    1. Arija: The dogs/dingos do have a lot of charm. And there are actually more of them than can be captured in one photo.

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  2. How clever of you to tell us the details this way! I like the bush pack, too.

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    1. Alexia: I should have included the details right from the start.

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  3. Thank you for sharing. I love the poets and the sheep the most, but admire all of them. And the next to last one was carved out of one piece of granite - that is marvelous.

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    1. Lynn: The sheep are a quirky delight. And that next to last sculpture is BIG. It must have been an absolutely huge piece of granite.

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  4. I thought the Ainslie's Sheep would have been a bit of a tilt on Parliament House and the Speaker of the House in his chair lol!

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    1. JohnD: That could be an alternative meaning all too easily.

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  5. Thanks for this. I'm not one that asked for more info, but do greatly appreciate it. Of the current selection, I am taken most of all by the Icarus figures, that seem to me to have an extra dimension to them. I look forward to seeing your next post on these intriguing sculptures. Thanks again.

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    1. Dave King: The Icarus figures are interesting, but they do not match the pictures I have in my head so I am not as drawn to them as I am to some of the other works. I am still more than happy that they are there.

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  6. Wow - such cool artwork.....Thanks for the explanation of the "snake"....I like it better now that it is the Life Cycle!!! I really like the meaning of it.....I also like the bush pack. I am going to see what we have luring around the streets of Townsville! Thanks..

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    1. One Too Many: Thank you. I will be really interesting in seeing what street art Townsville has in place.

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  7. Wonderful set of shots. I like the first and last ones best.

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    1. LadyFi: I am so pleased that our last Chief Minister Jon Stanhope made such a commitment to public art.

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  8. Thanks for the information. I read everything so I could understand the art better. It's all so recent, too, with all of them added since 2001. I really like the "donut" now that I understand its symbolism. Thank you!

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    1. DJan: Most of it was commisioned while Jon Stanhope was Chief Minister and is relatively new. And most of it looks as if it will bear the test of time too.

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  9. There is something so wistful about those figures staring up.

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    1. mybsbyjohn/Delores: The Icarus tale is intrinsically a tragedy and I think the artist captured that really well. You are right about the wistful look - which is a real achievement given the use of bronze.

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  10. Hopeing I'm not treading on toes in ignorance, I am impressed your government puts its money where its mouth is and spends public money on art for the public. Can you tell me why the date of birth is included on some pieces. I enjoyed your pictures of all, and the sheep is just too whimsical.

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    1. Joanne: I don't know at all why the date of birth is on a lot of the sculptures - perhaps to re-inforce the fact that not only was the Government investing in art, it was also supporting relatively young artists. There have been and still are complaints about the monies spent but I don't agree with the complainers at all.

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  11. I love public art and the Icarus series here really gets my attention. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. One Minnesota Writer: Public Art is wonderful isn't it? Even when it isn't to your taste.

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  12. It feels so long since I've been able to visit! I love these sculptures and appreciate cities that recognize how important public art is to the atmosphere. These are really fun and thought-provoking. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Melissa Ann Goodwin: It was my pleasure - I am really enjoying your travels too.

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  13. These are fantastic. Dogs, weird sheep/rams, penguin Icarus men, fat blokes climbing stairs, whats not to like?!

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  14. Thank you so much for providing these fascinating details, EC. I enjoyed them first time around and even more so now. The sheep are really my favourite, I think, as I love a good smile :) You are fortunate to have such a wide range of public art.

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    1. jenny_o: Thank you for pointing out my lapse. It does add to the enjoyment when you get a fuller picture. My next street art post will (mostly) have details about the artist.

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  15. Amazing, how much art there is in just one part of town. It would be such fun, especially for and with children, to wander around and discover them in detail.

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    1. Friko: There are more yet to be seen, and yet it doesn't feel overcrowded. And yes, it is fun for everyone who wants to enjoy it.

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  16. Thanks for going back and getting us the inside stories EC!

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    1. Austan: My pleasure - I chatted to other people with cameras as I trotted round.

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  17. The extra info was most enlightning indeed :-).

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  18. Very interesting post...I've never really seen any thing like it. I really enjoyed it, thank's for sharing.
    As alway's I love your visit's and thank you for the nice comment's.
    Love,Debbie:)

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    1. BeautifulDees: Thank you. I hope things are getting better in your world.

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  19. What fun to walk along with you, dear!



    Friendly Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral

    > < } } (°>

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  20. These are great. Wish I could have a bush pack and sheep in the yard. Really fun.

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    1. Gene Pool Diva: Welcome. I would love those two in my yard (if it were only big enough) as well. Also the readers.

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  21. Thanks - I'd like to have 'bush pack' on my balcony!

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    1. Kath: And perhaps the ram with his assortment of shearer's cast off clothing as well?

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  22. Ebb and Flow remind me of our "Mall's Balls". Here in our Rundle Mall, they are two huge stainless steel balls set one on top of the other. They're a popular well-known meeting spot, kids love to tap on them and hear the metal ring, tourists are often seen being photographed in front of them. I featured them in my blog some time last year.

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    1. River: Ebb and Flow is/are tucked away from the main drag a little. It wouldn't surprise me if they go largely unnoticed. Which is sad.

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  23. I would love to have that wonderful street art in our town. Thanks for sharing the beauty of your world.
    Hope all is well with you and SP.
    cheers

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    1. Pam: I am so grateful to have it. My city is widely regarded as a boring one - but I have to disagree. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  24. A delight for my eyes and mind. Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Pam: It is my pleasure to look at the wonderful photos you put up.

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  25. Wow! I love street art & installations like these! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Joni Ibarra: Welcome and thank you. There are more pieces of street art to come in my next post.

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  26. Seeing this posts makes me depressed about my town. We have one small village nearby that does a bit of outdoor sculpturing, however, again, very limited and not at all varied from another. It's such a shame that it really takes a lot of hard work for short change in order to have decent work to be seen for all. Thanks for sharing this, it was very much needed, and yet reminds me of how much my town is lacking in this area.

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    1. Deb: I love it, but there are still a lot of people who begrudge the money spent on street art. I accept that there are a lot of other things that need money, but am so glad that these installations are here.

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  27. It's nice of that morbidly obese copper man to help the morbidly obese copper midget up the stairs like that.

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    1. John Wiswell: And the large copper midget originally was behind a chubby copper baby. I don't think that any of them was helping though - they are all engrossed in a book. I can forgive a lot for a book lover.

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  28. This place is worth many visits! My. Such imagination.

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    1. Susan Kane: I love them, and each time I do into town look out for them. And there is still often something I find which is new to me. Wonderful.

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  29. A visual and cultural delight. Most informative and some of those statues could give one a bit of a fright. Especially if one wasn't exactly sober :)
    May your weekend be peaceful and positive,
    Gary

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    1. klahanie: I think almost all of them could be unnerving if one was 'in an altered state of consciousness'. Perhaps it was a sneaky way of encouraging sobriety?

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  30. I could walk around a place like that
    all. day. long.

    Thank you for sharing, my sweet E. Xx

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    1. My Inner Chick: I would be more than happy to walk around with you.

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  31. how interesting!! thanks for the glimpse!

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    1. Annmarie Pipa: It is just lovely to wander round and see all these things. I prefer it to looking in the shops themselves.

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  32. This is wonderful! Artists so often don't get credited. Thanks for adding the info. In the US there are a lot of people who would like to dismantle what pitifully little we have left for art funding--and it really is pitifully little. It's considered an "extra" that's not worth anything, unless it somehow creates money for businesses. I love the idea of a public art program.

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    1. Paper Chipmunk: I am really pleased that people asked for more information. It was truly remiss of me not to have included it the first times around. And yes, the Chief Minister who went gung ho with funding for the arts was considered a bit of a loony leftie. I am so glad he did it though.

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  33. Thank you! Another reason to visit! Love "Life Cycle"... simple, elegant and clever...

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    1. daisyfae: Life Cycle is indeed all of those things. Thank you.

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  34. You have found beautiful sculptures! My fav is the sheep

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    1. Kim @ Stuff could...: Lots of people like the sheep. It is one of the longest standing art works here. A great choice.

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  35. I think that all the statues that you can't tell what they are should be melted down and cast into statues of dingoes.

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    1. Snowbrush: And what do you have against statues of cats?

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  36. most are intriguing and lovely in their own way, but those running dogs, big heart! and the sheep, love!

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