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Public Art @ 161 Collins Street

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Published May 18th 2014
Hidden from street view but open to the public
KPMG House is at 161 Collins Street and is an 11 story building that has a very interesting interior space - a place to rest weary legs and soak up some culture, or just have a coffee at Green Cat Cafe.

The three elements that I found the most interesting were:

The wall sculpture entitled "Voyage" by Louise Skacej and Dean Colls (both trained sculptors). I have walked past this piece several times without really looking, until it was pointed out to me.

The wall sculpture entitled "Voyage

The subtlety of the work had been lost on me entirely. It is a reflection of our landscape both water/sea and desert lands of rippled sand. To my uneducated eye I thought the wall had been rendered but the more I look at them now the more I can see the Australian landscape. It's actually very clever and worth going to seeing if you consider it as one work in a sting of works in this building.

Glass Cube Sculpture
Glass Cube Sculpture by Warren Langley

Glass Cube Sculpture by Warren Langley situated in The Atrium. It comprises a series of 16 sculptured glass blocks depicting significant buildings and landmarks. They are quite beautiful. You can sit on them and have lunch or just admire them.

Don't forget to look up! There are solar-tracking reflectors that illuminate the interior space and which light lights up the entire atrium including the sculptured glass blocks that are also under-lit. I know that they are not supposed to be art but I think that is a matter of opinion and I found them very intriguing to gaze at.

Solar-tracking reflectors
Solar-tracking reflectors

It is worth going into 161 Collins Street. You could stop off and take a break from all the bustle of the street - it's a half way resting place between Bourke Street Mall and Collins Place. Happy walking.
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Why? Experience art by being around it
When: Every day but note The Green Cat Cafe is not open on the weekends
Where: 161 Collins Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free to look
Your Comment
Thanks for the 'heads up' Sandra.
I'll definitely check it out next time I'm in the area.
by Warrick (score: 0|4) 2351 days ago
I wheeled in there to have a look after your recommendation Sandra.
Neither the Glass Cube Sculptures, nor the cafe behind them are wheelchair accessible.
A fancy building & yet so poorly designed by architects in terms of accessibility.
It looks goods, but I was not impressed.
by Warrick (score: 0|4) 2336 days ago
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