Uhoh Art: Canberra’s contribution to Art History?


Architecture has captured the Haha, once popular in lunatic asylums, so this movement towards public-sculpture-as-lame-joke needs another name. We’re surrounded by it. Humour-rage is the new aesthetic. Just when things seemed to be looking up (with new expertise on the public art panel) you discover where our Cultural Masters’ priorities tastes lie. Apparently we’re still catching up with earlier acquisitions by our ACT Public Art Connoisseurs who bought this Danish sculpture off-the-shelf at Sculpture by the Sea. What an extraordinarily focused policy. Not. Or is it April 1st?

Relating this acquisition to the “enormous political controversy… as a result of the percent-for-art scheme”, the Chief Minister continues to fudge the issue. What was unpopular was the ways in which the ACT Public Art funds have been spent. On excruciating kitsch, for example. Together with the GFC the two issues have been conflated to serve the interests of developers and to get Public Art off the political agenda. What a transparent subterfuge!


#1 Zoe on 10.02.09 at 10:40 am

I can just see my two year old thinking that must be the right place to pee.

What a ghastly, ghastly thing it is.

#2 Jas on 10.02.09 at 4:02 pm

My thoughts exactly a chain gang of wee-ers after 10 pints and too much fast food

#3 Irene on 10.02.09 at 5:17 pm

… and I thought that I’d left those heavy Nordiks behind

#4 Megxx on 10.03.09 at 11:43 am

Here at Chez Gang we also took the piss. Should be in Commonwealth Park, pointing the way to the lavatories. It’s hilari-arse.

#5 Nigel on 10.03.09 at 12:37 pm

Makes me wonder whether the new Art Hysterical category should be “Bum Art” given the number of lumpy bronze bums that now litter our civic spaces? And if it’s bronze it must be OK, yes? I just can’t bring myself to post pictures of them all…

#6 Uselesslines on 10.08.09 at 11:11 am

Off the shelf? More like off the rocker…
Bring back Milk Crate Man I say:

#7 David Broker on 10.08.09 at 11:12 am

Well I’ve always said if someone doesn’t buy a bunch of danish brass monkey people and put them in civic IM LEAVING. And what do we get? BRONZE!

#8 ampersand duck on 10.18.09 at 4:44 pm

The thing I dislike most about this work is its maker’s premise: ‘the more I read the smaller I feel’.
I know it is meant to be about the universe expanding around us, but to those less philosophical types it comes across as a negative comment about reading. Not really something I want a government to promote!

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