Monday, 23 July 2012

ART AT 360 COLLINS ST

360 Collins Street is owned by DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund (DWPF) and DWPF is managed by DEXUS - www.dexus.com.  360 Collins Street is one of Melbourne's prestigious office buildings located in Collins Street between Elizabeth and Queen Streets, the back of the building facing onto Little Collins St.

360 Collins Street consists of 40 levels including 35 levels of office accommodation, ground floor, plaza, 3 basements and plant rooms. The building has a total net lettable area of approximately 44,000 square metres and offers approximately 130 car-parking bays.  360 Collins Street is located in Collins Street's business heartland, one of the most sought-after business address within Melbourne's Central Business District.

There is a small collection of contemporary sculptures in the courtyard of 360 Collins Street that faces Lt. Collins St. Unfortunately, there is no information about these sculptures in the courtyard. Some are obviously by the late Peter Blizzard. There is the "Ancient River Shrine", which the obelisk-like sculpture.


The striking part od the work are the sculptured bronze fossils set in stone. They frequently include an anachronistic inconsistency; there is the bicycle tyre print across the snake skeleton and a small padlock with a bird skeleton. These anachronisms and other inconsistencies, such as mounting the bronze ‘fossils’ in volcanic igneous rather than a fossil bearing sedimentary rock, are part of the charm of the work. The artist added details to the rocks that he wished were there, even though that would be impossible. But then again that's artistic licence!

This post is part of the Monday Murals meme,
and also part of the Mellow Yellow Monday meme










16 comments:

  1. Very nice work! Even though it is expensive for cities to provide this kind of artwork, it is still nice to be able to enjoy it as you go about your daily life!

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  2. The fossil sculptures are so cool. Such a contrast to liven up our cityscape. Your blog makes me appreciate marvelous Melbourne all the more Nick.

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  3. HHHMMMmmm... fossils embedded in rock? Just like being in the outback with a bunch of grey nomads!!!!

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  4. Great coverage of this art Nick and how lucky you are to have this in your city. The next time I am in Melbourne, will take a closer look. Thanks for highlighting these.

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  5. I love the fossil sculptures and how lucky you are indeed to have this in your city! I love your captures as always -- and as always, they're the next best thing to being there. Have a great week, Nick!

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  6. it would be interesting to see how many people walking by these notice the artistic licence taken!

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  7. I especially like the 3rd one. Really interesting post!

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  8. Hi Nick
    What interesting displays!Enjoyed them very much.

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  9. Wonderful ! Makes one wonder about life and its strength, especially being surrounded by the large buildings. Much enjoyed journey. Please have a good Tuesday.

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  10. That is some rather spectacular public art, in a rather spectacular public space. Lucky you to be able to enjoy it.

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  11. It must look odd to suddenly come across these giant rocks in the middle of the downtown square.
    But the fossil are pretty cool (even if they are on the wrong rocks!)

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  12. The fossils are where it's at. Do you think he used real fossils to make the bronze molds? This public art just sings time and history in a land that seems so ancient. Thank you for participating in this week's Monday Mural.

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  13. So beautiful. Visiting from Mellow Yellow Monday.

    Come and see my YELLOW post, thanks.

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