Art in the Parks

Art in the Parks



Croatian born Ante Dabro is one of Australia’s finest figurative sculptors. In his sculpture, as in his life, we find a respect for the form in space, especially the human figure. The well-known curator Peter Haynes, writes of him ‘Dabro is a champion of the hegemony of the figure. For him the figure in all its manifestations remains the most fertile and valuable source for the sculptor. The enormous variety and diversity of his own explorations in sculpture more than justifies his allegiances’.


    The themes in his work are the long preoccupations of universal humanity: suffering, hope, sexuality, heroism, spirituality, the tensions in his work are the long preoccupations of European artistic endeavour: light to dark, solid to space, line to plane, sound to silence, Dionysis to Apollo.

    This sculpture in Brindabella Business Park, known as ‘The Dancing Lady’ or ‘Ballerina’ as Ante prefers to call her, takes pride of place in the Park’s main square.


      The third piece of Ante’s sculptures to grace the Park is the ‘The Bathers’, featuring two arresting female forms surrounded by water and positioned on the mantle to a Japanese style garden – a true masterpiece.


        Ante’s latest figurative piece, unveiled by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC and Canberra Airport Chairman Terry Snow in June 2009 is titled’ Genesis’. Located in front of 25 Brindabella Circuit, Brindabella Business Park, Dabro describes the piece as “a symphony of forms and echoes the beginning of time, sensing the site called for a composition of two”.


          Japanese artist Keizo Ushio’s sculpture ‘Flight’ is placed at the entrance of the Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport.
          Keizo Ushio says the wing expresses the distant hope and the white circle represents infinity.
          The blue of the walls of glass behind the sculpture give the feeling of scale and space.

            MAJURA PARK


            Essentially the paper plane concept has been used by the artist in this artwork to draw connection to the airfield activity in the area while communicating an environmental message.

            Jerko’s expertise and craftsmanship has been instrumental in the delivery of most Urban Arts Projects (UAP) for more than 16 years. As head of UAP’s Patternmaking department, he oversees the initial stage of fabrication which includes the creation of artwork patterns for casting, prototyping, and ensuring a work’s artistic integrity.

              AIRPORT TERMINAL


              A tail feather from the Lyre bird, a bird unique to Australia was the inspiration for the sculpture. Conceived to celebrate this iconic bird, the sculpture also alludes to flight and travel.The stainless steel feather inclines toward the terminal foyer, reflecting sunlight and sky and is itself reflected in the glass facades. At night the illuminated red glass wall within the foyer transforms the feather into a regal plume.

                ROOS BY JEFF THOMPSON

                “Roos” was commissioned by Canberra Airport as part of our commitment to public art and is the 14th major sculpture in the airport precinct. The sculpture consists of two males and a female with a little joey tucked away and is located adjacent to the main runway at the north of the airfield.Crafted from recycled corrugated iron, the pieces of iron were moulded around a base armature and riveted into place. The lack of welding means the sculpture will not rust


                  “Introspection”, a life-size bronze sculpture of two women sitting, is the creation of Canberra Airport’s sculptor-in-residence and world-renowned figurative sculptor, Ante Dabro.

                  “When I was asked to create a work for the departure lounge, immediately I knew it had to be of the right scale to blend in with the people passing through, waiting for planes, and to be very much part of the life going on around them,” Dabro said. “Introspection” can be found in the departure lounge adjacent to Gate 10.


                    This is Australia’s largest cast figurative bronze sculpture at 7.5 metres and weighing 3.8 tons and was created by Australian sculptor Andrew Rogers. Andrew exhibits internationally and his critically acclaimed sculptures and photographs are in numerous private and prominent public collections across the world. Andrew has also created ‘Rhythms of Life’, the largest contemporary land art undertaking in the world, forming a chain of 48 massive stone structures, or Geoglyphs, spanning the globe.

                      UNFURLING BY ANDREW ROGERS

                      The 7.5m high bronze sculpture, is part of the series ‘I am’ by sculptor Andrew Rogers. Andrew is a sculptor leading contemporary artist.

                      “With this series of works, I have tried to capture a reflection of life in the urban environment, an exploration of a state of mind. We are all individuals possessing the sanctity of a singular life and the ability to express ourselves. At the same time we are part of the society within which we live.”

                        JOURNEYS BY PHIL PRICE

                        New Zealand artist Phil Price sculptures have a reputation for unique and innovative use of contemporary materials and processes. Phil’s name is synonymous with large scale, wind-activated kinetic sculpture. The sculpture graces the entrance to the Canberra airport, lending the gateway a sci-fi feel. Unlike his other sculptural works, this sculpture takes its starting point as something more organic. It’s got 22 moving joints, so each part only has to move a small amount and you get the overall sense of movement.

                          FOUR CUBES BY HARUYUKI UCHIDA

                          Japanese artist Haruyuki Uchida created this vibrant piece, which stands tall in the arrivals hall at Canberra Airport’s international terminal.