Kinetic Sculpture in Palm Springs

Its cleverly cantilevered forms moved effortlessly, as if by magic, creating shapes that, from where I sat, looked two dimensional then three dimensional.

I became entranced watching this graceful sculpture slowly change its form as I sipped my latte on the terrace of Koffi on Tahquitz Canyon Road, Palm Springs.

I crossed the road to find out who sculpted the piece but alas could find no name.

British Child Migrants Memorial

She occupies a corner of a courtyard at the Migration Museum in Adelaide, It is not a not particularly appealing space, yet I found myself moving closer, drawn to this skinny elongated form.

The bronze figure is dedicated to the other (non-Indigenous) stolen generation, children, some orphans, some wards of the state, sent from Britain to Australia between 1912 and 2067. Some came to Adelaide, the idea being they could have a new life on the other side of the world, and that somehow, cut adrift from all that they knew, they would make a better life for themselves, alone, in an unknown country.

There is an extraordinary complexity to this artwork for me, as the figure evokes different emotions and thoughts depending on my viewing point. Perhaps she is dancing, or begging, crippled, exposed, frightened and weary. Perhaps she will succeed in her new country, become strong and defiant, and speak out for others.

South Australian artist Tim Thomson created the sculpture in 2007.

Tale of a mermaid

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The little girls who helped their father build her are young women now. Time has rusted away her marmaid tail but she still has pert Madonna breasts. She’s growing old gracefully, with a garland of yellow flowers blooming, crown-like around her head in the spring. Once apon a time she had the letterbox suspended above her head too.   Now the postie obligingly leans down from his motor bike to deliver the mail, a concession to an ageing beauty.

North Sydney Public Art Trail

 

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Richard Brynes  Harbour Cycles, 2008, Aluminium

 

HARBOUR CYCLES, Alfred Street, Bradfield Park North, Milsons Point

“Harbour Cycles acknowledges North Sydney’s role in the maritime and industrial heritage of the Harbour which was once one of the busiest ports in the world. It speaks of its proximity to the foreshore with images taken from maritime machinery, water turbulence, rivets and struts of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, boat hulls, buoys and flags.”

North Sydney Public Art Trail

North Sydney Public Art Trail

 

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FOXIE, Alfred Street, Bradfield Park North, Milsons Point

A favourite landmark with local residents and group walking tours is Clary Akon’s Foxie – a humble bronze statue that stands on top of Broomfield Memorial Drinking Fountain in the rockery garden at Bradfield Park North. The diminutive sculpture was installed in 2007 atop the original drinking fountain and was commissioned by North Sydney Council to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the opening of the monumental Sydney Harbour Bridge, which towers above the life size terrier pup who welcomes community and canine friends alike.

North Sydney Public Art Trail