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Where is Melbourne's Best Public Art Sculpture?

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Published February 15th 2013
the public purse, melbournes best public art sculpture
The Public Purse at Bourke Street Mall

As we know, Melbourne is known lively for its arts scene. This can be a rather difficult question at that to answer, however at least it opens our eyes and gives us all a greater appreciation of this amazing and diverse city. In answering this question, the focus is on art sculptures in the city, particularly due to their abundance, style and finesse. Many of Melbourne's art sits gracefully in its place, and as you walk a block you will find some more art to appreciate. Absolutely, never a dull moment. At times, the streets of the City of Melbourne can almost feel like an art gallery in itself.

Architectural Fragment, melbournes best public art sculpture
Architectural Fragment by Petrus Spronk

The Public Purse by Simon Perry at Bourke Street Mall is a popular piece of art in Melbourne. This piece of art was initially situated at a tram stop outside the GPO along Bourke Street Mall, yet had to be removed for some repair work about a year ago. The Public Purse is across the road at Bourke Street Mall, on the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets.

three businessmen, melbournes best public art sculpture
Three Businessmen

For me this piece of art has a personal meaning, and helped me manifest my dream of living in Melbourne that did come true. The purse symbolises prosperity for some people, and that we have more than enough to live a great life where money gives you choices; albeit not loving money for money's sake.

Distinct street seating and the musicians always used to put their stuff onto this purse in its original home. Needless to say this piece of stunning art is a Melbourne treasure, and is a popular piece of art to sit on.

Some more public art sculptures in Melbourne

The piece of art outside of the State Library of Victoria is a strong reminder that Melbourne is a capital of literature. Architectural Fragment by Petrus Spronk, on the corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets, is emerging from the pavement of a traditional institution. A timely reminder of Melbourne's history, like the sunken past.

More interesting public art in Melbourne

Who could not forget the founders of Melbourne: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle who each have streets of Melbourne named in their own right. On the corner of Swanston and Bourke Streets they are known as the 'Three Businessmen who brought their own lunch,' and hence Three Businessmen returning to the streets of Melbourne as pedestrians.

the public purse, melbournes best public art sculpture
The Public Purse again

Now its over to you, where do you think the best pubic art sculpture in Melbourne can be found? Looking forward to an interesting and artistic discussion.
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by sippy (score: 1|21) 2698 days ago
I like the piece in front of St Kilda town hall. It's simple, but open to interpretation :)
by Marisa Newell (score: 1|12) 2695 days ago
I love the sculpture outside The Women's Hospital on the corner of Grattan Street and Flemington Road
by Lorri (score: 0|4) 2686 days ago

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