Statues for sale

July 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Statue of Governor Macquarie with red dot sticker

Statue of Major General Lachlan Macquarie with red dot sticker

Nerida’s post about Shivering Statues reminded me of the time I walked past one of Sydney’s newer statues, Major General Lachlan Macquarie, at the Macquarie Street entrance to Hyde Park. This particular statue had only recently been installed when I noticed that it was already ‘sold’ to an anonymous buyer! While I’m assuming the red dot sticker was meant as a light hearted joke, it did make me appreciate that it had stirred up enough of a reaction that someone pretended to purchase it. I started to think about some of the more unusual public art – the ones that we accept and love and the ones we’re not so sure about!

My favourites would have to be ones that feature water, such as Golden Water Mouth in Haymarket and Robert Woodward’s Spiral Water Feature in Darling Harbour. I’ve often felt the temptation to walk to the centre of the Spiral Water Feature but it seems to be constantly inhabited by children getting called to by their parents: “Come back out of the water!”

Not on the day I took this photo though!

Spiral Water Feature

Spiral water feature

Sydney’s water features are in such fantastic supply that they even make for great walking tours! Walk on Water is a walking tour by City of Sydney, which also offers the history and meaning behind the sculptures and water features.