Tuesday, January 2, 2007

"Chat" (or The Hands)

One of my favourite pieces of sculpture in Brisbane is a pair of hands which adorn the footpath at 175 Eagle Street. The sculpture is at the intersection of Queen Street, Wharf Street and Eagle Street on the Brisbane River side. After some research, I found that the sculpture was designed by Sebastian Di Mauro and was named "Chat" by the artist. The picture here shows the more upright of the two hands. The hands are cast aluminium and was put in place around 2003. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any type of plaque or identification for the piece near its location.

This is a fantastic piece of public art, not just for its aesthetic value, but because if you're a kid, you can go up to it, touch it, jump on it and look at your reflection in it. This was one work where it was easy to get my kids, Aidan and Ethan to pose on it!

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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Grim Reality Girl said...

Way cool! love the pictures.

Micheal said...

As you've probably discovered - this art was lambasted as a 'waste of money' when it was first installed, as happens with most public art. It also had the misfortune of being installed around the time the footy player John Hopoate admitted to essentially applying an index finger to the nether regions in order to aggravate opposing players and drawing a penalty - so it is commonly known as 'the Hopoate' :).