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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ID Code: 26006
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Material: Polyester resin, fibreglass, polystyrene, polyurethane, steel, acrylic paints and automotive lacquers
Measurements or Duration: 1.3 x 1.3 x 4.9m
Location: From date: To date:
Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award and Exhibition, Werribee Parklands, Melbourne 2005-02 2005-04
Old Treasury Museum/Gordon Reserve, Melbourne 2006-01 2006-07
Latrobe University Sculpture Walk, Bundoora Campus, Melbourne 2006-10
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: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Charles Robb
Copyright Statement: All rights reserved
Deposited On: 14 May 2010 05:34
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:31

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