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
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.
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.
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.
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.