I always take lots of photos of statues and sculptures when we are travelling in other places. But what about the excellent public art that we have in Canberra? I want to find out more, so the black kelpie and I are going to investigate some of these pieces further.
Today, we looked at Chalchiuhtlicue, located in Latin America Plaza, just in the newly developed end of Childers Street, in Civic.
The name of the statue means “The Goddess of Water” and is “inspired by the pre-Hispanic stone sculpture of the same name, found at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, Mexico.” It is made of steel, and the artist is Jesus Mayagoitia. (My Spanish isn’t great, but I think this is his site – http://jesusmayagoitia-escultor.blogspot.com.au/2010/02/avances-de-la-investigacion.html) The main impact of this statute was to make me want to go to Mexico to see the inspiration! More travel. Note to self: must find job.
Also at Latin American Plaza is a replica of the capsule that rescued the 33 trapped miners in Chile in 2010. It was a gift from the People and Government of Chile to the Government of Australia. Looking at the replica, I was taken back to this disaster, and the fear for the men who were trapped underground for so long. And how weird it would have been to be transported up to the light, in this little cage. Although I am sure each of them was glad of the opportunity!
Arts ACT and the ACT Government recently issued (or re-issued) an electronic guide to the public art that has been commissioned by the local or federal government, and is in the ACT. More to come!