Robb, Charles (2005) Landmark. [Visual Artwork]
An inverted figurative monument to Victorian governor Charles Joseph Latrobe. By creating the impression that a nineteenth century statue has been made to stand precariously on its head, the work seeks to address the tension between the authority of the monument (as a civic marker and a form of portraiture) and its ‘invisibility’ in public space while simultaneously addressing (and subverting) the ‘authorless’ nature of the figurative monument. The work was awarded a judge’s commendation in the 2005 Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award and had strong responses from the viewing public and widespread media coverage. Ironically, this parodic monument had the effect of raising the profile of Charles La Trobe in the media in ways that a conventional monument would not. Landmark now endures as part of the permanent sculpture collection of Latrobe University, Melbourne.
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|Item Type:||Creative Work (Visual Artwork)|
|Material:||Polyester resin, fibreglass, polystyrene, polyurethane, steel, acrylic paints and automotive lacquers|
|Measurements or Duration:||1.3 x 1.3 x 4.9m|
|Keywords:||Commemoration, figurative sculpture, portraiture, public art, pedestals|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)|
|Divisions:||Past > Disciplines > Art & Design|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Charles Robb|
|Copyright Statement:||All rights reserved|
|Deposited On:||14 May 2010 15:34|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:31|
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