Saturday, April 21, 2007

Echoes from the North


On the footpath outside Queens Plaza on Edward Street is the sculpture Echoes from the North. Commissioned in 2004, the sculpture was created during 2004-05 by prominent Victorian sculptor Augustine Dall'Ava. Consisting of three distinct pieces, the bold colours used add a colourful impact to the street scape. The associated plaque outlines that "the form and highly reflective metallic colours are visual signifiers associated with Brisbane and the natural environment of the state of Queensland."


Augustine Dall'Ava was born in France in 1950 before being brought to Australia at a young age. In the early 70's he did a Diploma of Fine Art in Sculpture and in 1994 received his Master of Fine Arts. He has held various lecturer positions at prominent Victorian Universities. He has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions, and has a strong reputation as a published author. He has also won various awards for his work.

In one particular review of his work I read, he notes that "I fight gravity tooth and nail...". This is quite symbolic of this work, with the perched cube and crescent flame on two of the pieces looking precariously placed. I like how the reflected colours of this piece change depending on the sunlight. In the middle of the day they are bright and effusive. As evening comes they take on a more sombre hue.

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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1 comment:

Jodi said...

okay, I hate to say it, but that's just plain odd looking. Interesting, but odd....