This has been a big year for unauthorised public sculptural artwork; both for little and larger works, veterans and novices.
The Little Librarian up-cycles old books into new art using books for the support for the tiny installations. Unlike Tinky, The Little Librarian doesn’t use puns. The old books used would have been thrown out but have been made into something before being placed on walls. They don’t last long outside, due to the weather and, I assume, being ripped off by a passer-by. Tinky has continued to install miniature scenes on the street. Still, she is not the only street artist in Melbourne using HO scale figures.
There is a golden young woman’s head on a slender concrete plinth on the island inhabited by ibis in Coburg’s Lake Reserve. Last year a similar golden head of a man appeared atop a similar concrete plinth in Northcote’s All Nations Park (The Age reports).
The new sculpture’s placement on the island must have been strategically tricky as there is no bridge. This location avoids the Northcote bust’s problems whose plinth was knocked over shortly after it was installed. The Darebin Council restored it, deciding that it would remain in place for a year and then be auctioned with the proceeds donated to homelessness services.
Elsewhere in a city mainly under quarantine lockdown for much of year children created spoonvilles. These settlements of decorated wooden spoons are open contribution sculptural works that invite others to participate.
Some graffiti writers, like Cheros, expand their techniques, creating three-dimensional tags.
And ceramic works continues to feature as one of the more surprising mediums for street art be it from Discarded or other, unknown artists.
For more about unauthorised public sculptures see my earlier posts:
- Street Art Sculpture 10 2020
- Street Art Sculpture 9 2018
- Street Art Sculpture 8 2017
- Street Art Sculpture 7 2016
- Street Art Sculpture 6 2015
- street art sculpture in the Whitechapel Area
- Street Art Sculpture 5
- 10 Great Street Installation 2014
- Street Art Sculpture III 2012
- More Street Art Sculpture 2010
- Street Art Sculpture 2009
February 16th, 2021 at 2:15 PM
Hi Mark, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your posts. I especially like this week’s missive. Regards, Rose
February 16th, 2021 at 2:49 PM
Thank you Rose, it is always good to hear that. Cheers.
March 28th, 2022 at 10:28 AM
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