Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Some public art in Darwin

Last weekend Fiona and I were in Darwin and whilst we had to do some work-work we found some time to check out art galleries and places.

We visited a new wharf development and were pleased to find that they had included some public sculptures that referenced the flora and birdlife of the Northern Territory. The pieces below should be around for sometime as they are cast or created in aluminium and steel.

Barry Smith © Darwin sculpture - flora
Barry Smith © Darwin sculpture - detail flora
Barry Smith © Darwin sculpture - Jabiru
Barry Smith © Darwin sculpture - Jabiru
Barry Smith © Darwin sculpture - Fiona wandering through a forest of 'palms'.

Great to see that local governments in parts of Australia are encouraging-requiring developers to beautify the public spaces. Nice bit of rust for the 'palms'?


  1. I do love the fact that public art has become so much a part of most cities' urban landscape. It adds some 'human' element to what would be simply a concrete jungle. Lovely sculptures.

  2. What amazing beautiful public art-- and based on nature too.

  3. i like these pieces, especially the birds!

  4. JM, D, V - I have lived in Darwin on two occasions - and was under-impressed by the art etc. I must say this time (some 9 years on) I have been really impressed just how much the local government has been doing - the waterfront development and Smith Strret are both great examples of public are and placemaking art. B


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