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by Gen Wilson (subscribe)
A love of the weird and wonderful keeps me writing!
Published March 7th 2012
Alison Weaver and Paul Quinn's bronze sculpture, "Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle'.


Next time you are on a tram or walking around Melbourne, take the time to look up and around. Many wonderful sculptures stand on street corners, beside landmarks or hidden around corners.

Larry Latrobe. A bronze sculpture by Pamela Irving


Melbourne artist Pamela Irving created the bronze sculpture of the character ridden dog, "Larry Latrobe" who stands at the edge of Melbourne City Square on the corner of Swanston and Collins Street. Two Larry Latrobe's have been created. The first was stolen in August 1995 and despite a public campaign was never recovered. The bronze of the second Larry was reddened slightly to give it it's own personality and presented to the City of Melbourne in September 1996.

"Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch by Paul Quinn and Alison Weaver


"Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch by Paul Quinn and Alison Weaver


On the corner of Swanston and Burke street you will see Alison Weaver and Paul Quinn's bronze sculpture, "Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle
The three pioneers have returned to the city streets where they find they are trapped in the consumerism of the modern world. This sculpture looks particularly haunting at night. It was commissioned in 1993 as part of the Swanston Street Art Works Program and was a gift from the Republic of Nauru.

"Children's Tree

If you walk down Elizabeth Street or catch the 59 tram from Flinders Street you might spot "Children's Tree' a whimsical bronze sculpture by Tom Bass. The sculpture stands on the corner of Collins and Elizabeth street. A young boy and girl play beneath a tree with an owl perched on it. The sculpture conflicts wonderfully with the hustle and bustle of city life around it. It was installed in 1963.

Michael Meszaros's Sculpture outside the Royal Women's Hospital


If you continue on the 59 tram, you will find yourself outside the Royal Women's Hospital where the bronze sculpture, by renowned Melbourne artist, Michael Meszaros is situated prominently at the front entrance. The sculpture symbolises the wonderful, often life changing work of the Royal Women's Hospital.

Red Centre by Konstantin Dimopolulos


To view a more modern, kinetic sculpture head to Federation Square where Konstantin Dimopolulos's "Red Centre" is in endless motion as it rattles and sways.

There are many more sculptures around Melbourne to explore and enjoy, pop on a tram or walk the streets and you'll be amazed at what you discover. If you have a particular favourite, which you think others would enjoy, please share it in the comments section below.
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Why? To discover the sculptures of Melbourne.
When: Anytime
Where: Throughout the city.
Cost: Free. Some of the public lectures are ticketed and have a small fee.
Your Comment
Great article! Whenever I pass these sculptures, they make me smile.
by Sue Williams (score: 2|840) 2784 days ago
I love these sculptures too! Does anyone know what happened to the whimsical life-size sculpture of a young couple peering in to the Telstra building on Lonsdale St/Exhibition (or is it Russell?) St corner, admiring the (former)mural on the interior wall? It disappeared when the lobby area was remodelled completely a few years ago, but I still wonder why the remodelling was ever done, it was perfectly gorgeous as it was before. I'd love to know where the sculpture went, it always made me smile as I walked past.
by chery (score: 0|8) 1931 days ago
I love the sculpture "cow up a tree" in docklands. Always gives me a laugh especially since I'm indian.
by ningx (score: 0|2) 816 days ago
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