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Who is public sculpture really for?

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Gina Fairley

From colonial statues and monuments for healing to heavy metal abstractions, a discussion at the Sydney Sculpture Conference questioned public art's role.

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Maribyrnong City Council commissioned the public artwork, Pipedreams – a 12 metre wide and 8 metre high stainless steel sculpture, created and installed by renowned Australian artist, Matthew Harding.

About the author

Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW.

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