I visit Weston Creek (ACT) shops several times a week – they’re my “local” shops – and I see this delightful sculpture pretty much every time, driving in from the western end of Hindmarsh Drive.
It reminds me of going regularly to the shops with our two children – although we rarely skip through them (any more). The notes in ArtsACT’s guide to ACT public art say that Mathew Calvert’s statue, A Short Walk, is of three siblings and is derived from the iconic pedestrian crossing sign.
To me, it’s a joyful representation and I am very fond of it. However, the artist has a more serious message about road safety, and I suspect the statues’ placement so close to the busy Hindmarsh Drive is purposeful, to remind us of pedestrians as we whizz past in our cars.
The statues are about three times the size of an average person and are made from steel and highly polished concrete. The artist has hand rendered pieces of broken vehicle tail lights into the surfaces of the statues. It’s confronting when you get up close – there’s so much of it, and I guess that is part of his statement about road safety.
Further information about Mathew Calvert, who is based in Tasmania, is here.