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by Felicity Banks (subscribe)
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Published December 2nd 2012
Art that escaped outside
Canberra's National Gallery was built by orcs. It is designed to confuse and infuriate. Much as I generally like at least some of the art, I spend every visit to the National Gallery in a state of disoriented confusion due to the strange permutations of the building's many and winding concrete corridors.

My favourite part of the gallery is outside the sculpture garden, set amongst flourishing trees and shrubs and grass beside Lake Burley Griffin. It also has its own pond, with floating heads, of course.



The bonus feature of all these quietly disapproving faces is that the majority face the Sculpture Garden restaurant a popular location for wedding receptions.

Also featured in the stagnant water is this (which is particularly clever, since it's made of metal):



Visitors who wander on amongst the trees come across a sudden contrast to the natural surroundings.



Best of all is when the fog sculpture is on - between 12:30 and 2pm each day.
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Why? Because it's art, that's why.
When: Anytime, but especially 12:30-2:00pm daily
Phone: 6240 6411
Website: nga.gov.au
Where: Australian National Gallery (on the back right hand side from the main outdoor carpark)
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Terrific visuals.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5262) 2143 days ago
Where is this located? You mention Lake Ginninderra but isn't that in Belconnen? I'm confused!
by birder (score: 1|21) 2115 days ago
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