Art in public places #Dunedin

### ODT Online Tue, 3 Jan 2012
Rethinking DCC role in public art
OPINION The Otago Sculpture Trust suggests it might be time for the Dunedin City Council to take a step back from such direct involvement in sculpture in public places. In light of the controversy, particularly over the past two years, regarding installation of sited public art works in Dunedin, we, the Otago Sculpture Trust, feel it is our role as an independent body of professionals to add our voice to the debate, in the hope of creating better understanding around issues of public art here. […] Anomalies between the original and current Dunedin City Council art in public places policies have perhaps accounted for the deterioration in community liaison.
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• The Otago Sculpture Trust was established in 2002 by a group of practising sculptors with a general aim of doing what [it] can to foster and develop sculptural practice across Otago and beyond. The trust seeks to promote public sculpture in its many forms, including accessing resources and influencing public art policies as a lobby group.

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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Image: Haka Peepshow (aka ‘Black Penis’) by Rachael Rakena, Octagon


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7 responses to “Art in public places #Dunedin

  1. Anonymous

    The Otago Daily Times is asking “Is the DCC right to slash funding for public art?” in its latest poll? It ain’t no ‘slash funding for Stadium Councillors’, ‘slash funding Key Stakeholders (except Allied Press)’ or ‘slash funding for professional rugby” but you get what you pay for with the Rugby Times. You know, we already have a regular ‘art in public places’ and it can seen on sale in various locations around town. It can be quite hilarious, especially if there’s some old shite about a royal to headline or any opportunity to run the pun. The extent of public debt can feel like that surfer on waves of brown foam, being told it is a naturally occurring situation but knowing you’re just one wipe-out away from swimming in a lot of shit.

  2. Elizabeth

    ‘Sea lion sculpture’
    Quite dreadful, although children may enjoy it. This one’s close-ish to the rocks and waves at St Clair, and no quibble, the intention and purpose are generally fine —except that the execution and placement of the public work is totally lacking given the form, material and immediate hard landscaping context. This follows on from the siting, years ago, of tawdry penguins in John Wickliffe Square, in The Exchange. Worse, greenie J MacTavish (as a valued city councillor?) had something to do with the ‘unveiling’. Best seen and forgotten.

    ### ODT Online Mon, 13 Jul 2015
    Seal statue immortalises ‘Mum’
    By Rhys Chamberlain
    […] About 80 people attended the unveiling of a statue dedicated to the New Zealand sea lion affectionately known as ”Mum” at the St Clair Esplanade yesterday afternoon . Mum was the first sea lion in 150 years to give birth on the mainland.
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    • Hype O'Thermia

      I like it. Hadn’t thought of it as capital A Art. I like that the story of Mum is being retold, it reminds me of cathedral stained glass that’s old enough to be Historic and Art and Culture, but was at the time cartoon Bible stories for children and the illiterate unsophisticated masses. I like the penguins too, hadn’t thought of them as Art either. I like their friendliness, they don’t demand to be taken solemnly. They look like chess pieces.

      Most of all I like that neither of them is expression of some Artist’s navel-gazing resulting in something trite that needs his/her Statement to tell us what’s Significant (note the capitals, these are people who take themselves seriously even though their deepest thoughts came from the Classics Illustrated shelf) about their black penis or molars or whatever our rates-spenders have decided is the best Public Art for enriching our spirits.

  3. Lyndon Weggery

    The timing was a bit off when local residents are concerned at sea encroachment of the Beach and are waiting patiently for the same DCC to spend our money on fixing up the problem.

  4. Elizabeth

    ### July 13, 2015 – 5:51pm
    New public sculpture commemorates important local animal
    A new piece of public art is telling the story of an important local animal. The life-size sea lion sculpture commemorates the return of New Zealand sea lions to the mainland after more than 150 years. And it’s hoped it’ll help raise the public profile of the endangered species.

  5. Peter

    The story behind Mum is engaging and the ‘sculpture’ is non controversial in the sense everyone ‘gets it’.
    For myself the sculpture is a replica which you could see in a theme park. It is inoffensive, but not particularly as engaging as the story.
    It is unlikely to be controversial like the molars which l don’t mind myself. A place for all public art sculpture from the ‘straight’ to the ‘funky’.

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