Missing Statue

Loretta Quinn “Within Three Worlds” 1995 in memory of Angela Jane Esdaile (1969 – 1993) was located by a pond at the north end of Princes Park in Princes Hill, near the intersection of Royal Parade and Park St. It is has gone now; I haven’t been able to find out any more information, so I assume that it has not been stolen but removed by city council. If anyone knows the reason for its removal please leave a comment. (So much for my assumptions, it was stolen. See Lorretta Quinn’s comment for more details.)

Loretta Quinn “Within Three Worlds” 1995

This whimsical bronze sculpture of a little girl with her hair blown back is typical of Quinn’s sculpture that frequently feature children. The little girl was once looking at three metal boats that were earlier removed from the now empty pond. The pond being empty due Melbourne’s long running drought and subsequent water shortages. The sculpture was paid for by Angela’s family and commemorates the contribution to the community of childcare workers like Angela.

I was going to write a longer entry about the whimsical little statues in some of Melbourne’s gardens but since this statue has now gone I thought that I should post this short entry as a reminder.

P.S. Within Three Worlds has been restored.


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Writer, independent researcher and artist, Mark Holsworth is the author of the book Sculptures of Melbourne. View all posts by Mark Holsworth

5 responses to “Missing Statue

  • goose

    Hello i know why the statue has been removed. From what I know, it was damaged so they are getting Loretta Quinn to remake the little girl. It should be there soon. Cheers.

    • Mark Holsworth

      Thanks for the update. I see the birds on the pond part of the statue has returned, so I await the return of the little girl.

  • Loretta Quinn

    Hi Mark,

    The little girl was stolen.Some one used an angle grinder to remove her.Cut her off at the ankles.The up shot is, that I have remade her and this time she has changed her shoes to little Doc Martins and her hair is slightly different and she is looking good and a little older! In fact better than the previous little girl. She is presently at the foundry having a complete makeover.She will be re installed in the gardens hopefully in the new year with a new re launch in the new year.
    Thanks so much for your interest in the work.If you require any more info please email me.
    Regards Loretta Quinn

  • Sculpture @ Melbourne City Square « Melbourne Art & Culture Critic

    […] sculpture. The figure minus the wings is repeated in “Within Three Worlds” (see my entry on Loretta Quinn’s sculpture “Within Three Worlds” at Princess Park). Other works by Loretta Quinn include the Police Memorial St. Kilda Road Victoria, the Artist’s […]

  • Stolen & Restored Statues « Black Mark

    […] It is good to see the statue back and the restoration of the stolen has been completed with refilling of the ornamental pond that it is located beside (the pond was dry due to a prolonged drought in Melbourne). The statue is dedicated to the memory of Angela Jane Esdaile (1969 – 1993) and commemorates the contribution to the community of childcare workers like Angela. (See my blog post about the Missing Statue.) […]

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