Sculptures of Melbourne

by Mark S. Holsworth

Published by Melbourne Books

Sculptures of Melbourne cover

“…providing an effuse and accessible discussion on public sculpture’s relationship with the urban environment…”

Sebastian Dewhurst, National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Issue 3 2015

“I love books that guide me to look at my city with fresh eyes, and this one inspires me to get out there with my camera and photograph my favourites just as Holsworth has done.”

Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

Sculptures of Melbourne explores major changes in the nature of public sculpture. When Melbourne was established, sculpture was heavily influenced by the colonial legacy of neo-classical bronze and marble statues. From 1980 onwards, public sculpture changed dramatically, not only in style but in materials, location and sheer numbers. This book, which includes controversial modernist sculptures such as ‘The Yellow Peril’ as well as unofficial laneway installations, tells the story of how the shifting trends in public sculpture moved from a classical style, to commemorative, to a corporate modernist style, to being integrated into urban design, and finally evolving into a contemporary style, which is non-traditional and temporary.

Hardback 210x190mm

Colour photos throughout 224 pages


10 responses to “Sculptures of Melbourne

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  • Kerry Allen

    Hi, the ISBN is wrong, it should be 9781922129697

  • Mark Holsworth

    You are right Kerry. I must correct it. Is it incorrect in the original media release? I must check that out. Thanks.

  • Kerry Allen

    I think the media release was right, can’t remember now where I checked it!

  • James

    Congratulations again, Mark. I’ve just given it a mention here:

  • Mark Holsworth

    Cheers James and that’s for the instagram plug.

  • mark jones

    Hi bronze is not as bad as it may seem as 75 % is from recycled bronze and copper and it is never thrown away in the same way other materials are and it is not in short supply . it may be energy intensive to produce but so is a can of paint or a tin of beans

    • Mark Holsworth

      Lots of recycled sculptures, as well as sculptor’s material. Sculptor’s clay is always recycled. I haven’t seen any environmental analysis of the impact of different types of sculptures.

  • paul Forrest

    Hi Mark, I am just trying to find out if you uncovered any evidence that the the inspiration for the statues of the child leading the lions comes from the Bible verse in Isa 11:6,… and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
    and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
    and a little child shall lead them.
    I would very much like to know.

    • Mark Holsworth

      Hi Paul, No evidence of that but I’m sure that those verses would have been on people’s minds at the time; the meaning in allegorical works piles up. Bruce Scates (A Place to Remember, 2009) says that the child was a symbol of the future, as well as, a tribute to the school children’s effort in raising funds for the Shrine.
      That sent me back to the books. Cheers, Mark

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