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Published December 19th 2014
Enjoy a walk through SA's historical precinct
The Adelaide City Council have recently released their Public Art Walking Guide which provides a practical walking map that highlights the significant historical and contemporary artworks in the Adelaide CBD. The guide is easily segmented in to four main areas of Adelaide: Riverbank, North Terrace, East City and West City.
Today I packed the walking guide and camera and headed to the area adjacent to North Terrace which houses Adelaide's historical, educational, memorial and learning centres.
For many years, Australians have been involved in conflict overseas. Men and Women have fought many battles, and many lives have been lost. In memory of those who have fought or have been affected by various wars, three significant sculptures have been designed in and around the Torrens Parade Ground and Kintore Avenue. The poignant bronzed Vietnam War Memorial by James Wilson reflects the courage shown by both the Australians and the South Vietnamese, while the Pioneer Women's Garden provides a place to rest and reflect.
Vietnam War Memorial : James Martin - Steve Hudson
University life is often reflected in many ways, and today I contemplate the public art in the University grounds. From Bert Flugelman's Continuum to the tangled recliners by Henry Moore and the directional paving by Hossein Valamanesh, I wonder whether this trying to reflect the progression through University Life or is there some other hidden meaning ?
There are a number of pieces of public art in the immediate surrounds of the Art Gallery, Library and Museum and water seems to be a very common theme. From the fish entwined in the gates at the Art Gallery, to the highly thought provoking Water Fountain by John Wood, these are pieces that are certain to create lots of café conversation.
Slate Pool Walkway : Catherine Truman - Steve Hudson
The Botanic Parklands are the home to several pieces of art featuring glass. The glass door handles at the Waterlily Pavilion ensure a grand entrance, while the floating glass and silicone feature outside the Bicentennial Conservatory is a photographer's delight as the mirrored sculpture reflects the sun and surrounds.
Wonderful !! I'd love to see a sculpture of a horse in commemeration of the many thousands that went to WWI, with only one returning.
Next year is going to be 'big' on remembrance. RSL and Mr.Hamilton-Smith haven't had this on their wish list, but Ithink these wonderful animals deserve a place on North Terrace.