I usually run with a theme. I am again reverting to type and showing some of the public art in my city. Public art which I welcome even when I don't like the individual pieces.
We have a lot of public art and my city recently acquired two new statues. The first is of a politician and I haven't been to see it. It is somewhere in our Parliamentary Triangle.
The second is of Andrew Inglis Clark who co-authored our Constitution. His statue now stands in the city facing down Constitution Avenue (goodness how predictably appropriate). I apologise that I couldn't get any closer. The building he stands beside is under construction and roped off. I will go back and get the artist's details when I can.
Both of our newest statues are of men. White men. Which has people asking 'where are the statues of women? (of any colour). Where indeed?
If I had my druthers I would LOVE to see a statue of Stasia Dabrowski (Canberra's soup kitchen lady). This link will show you why I think that Canberra, and specifically Garema Place in the city would be the perfect place for a statue of her. Stasia died last year and I am very pleased to say that her grandson continues her work.
My next photos are of Garema Place which has recently been
tarted up/rejuvenated. Garema Place does look better at the moment, but the need that Stasia and her family met remains, and nothing has been done to address the issues which cause and perpetuate that need.
My detour to photograph the statue of Andrew Inglis Clark also took me past this statue. I like it and perhaps it is my obsessional nature talking but I can see a stylised kangaroo in it (and kangaroo's balance is after all superb).
You may have to embiggen to read the artist's details. And of course there were other wonders in my early morning wander through the city.
As a postscript. On my last Sunday Selections post neena maiya (guyana gyal) asked whether the seed pods from the honesty retained their silvery colour. They do, and can be treated like an everlasting. Thanks to her reminder I have a vase of them inside for the first time in years.
I hope your year is off to an excellent start and that your day's are filled with joy and wonder.