Public Art

Jim and I have been really impressed with the displays of public art that we’ve seen throughout Australia. There will be large sculptures at the off ramps of expressways, mosaics embedded into sidewalks and art on bridges, buildings and in parks. When we bring guests from the airport, as we approach the city, there is a large yellow beam, angled over the freeway ( the locals lovingly refer to it as the “french fry!) and this is just the start of the art.

So here are some of our favorites from our time in Western Australia:

Here is a sundial that was by the ocean in Perth. Jim’s watch in the second photo shows that the sundial is accurate. This was very cool!




One o’clock on the watch and the sundial.


Statue in Hay Street Mall.


Fountain Pens, each about 8 feet tall, near the Supreme Court building in Perth.


Mosaic on the boardwalk near the waterfront, Perth.


Statue of a child wrapped in a town by the beach and jetty in Busselton, WA.


Fancy wind vane on the jetty at Busselton, WA.


Statue outside of a brewery/winery in Margaret River, WA.


Pirate Cow at Cape Leeuwin National Park.


Granny Smith Apple decorations in Harvey, WA.

So that is just a small sample of the art we’ve seen around Aussie-land. It is a tribute to the all the local communities who place an importance on art. 

Tonight we went to a footy game at Etihad Stadium, a new venue for us. We had good seats and saw an exciting game. Carleton beat North Melbourne by one point! Tucker, Carleton is your team! We sat next to some very friendly Aussies who were very willing to explain the finer points of the game.

Tomorrow, Saturday, we are going to Bendigo, Victoria for the Australian Sheep and Wool Show. We have a 2 hour drive to get there and I am looking forward to seeing the similarities and differences from the Sheep and Wool Festivals I’ve attended in the USA. 

G’Day Mates!


3 comments on “Public Art

  1. jeannie says:

    Some of those art sculptures look like they are waiting to be climbed! (though probably not appropriate). Just in my blood I guess.

  2. Sally says:

    Show us the french fry! Actually my note for today is about the local girl who was given a Heritage Navajo sheep to raise, to then share offspring. Perhaps it is in the online version of the D&C. Please take good notes at the show!

  3. Eileen Alley says:

    I really like the pirate cow!!

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