‘Smashed’ pylon debuts


High voltage: New sculpture on display alongside Peninsula Link. Picture: Gary Sissons

A NEW sculpture has been installed near the Skye Rd alongside Peninsula Link to replace the large ram’s head Rex Australis.

Iconoclast — a mock electricity pylon smashed by what looks like a meteor — was put in place last week after Rex’s removal.

The artwork by Brisbane-based Michael Riddle is based on “the idea of collapse”.

Riddle told ABC radio’s Breakfast show he believed reactions to the sculpture would be “a mixed bag”.

“There will be some people who like it and some people who have something negative to say about it.”

Public artworks along Peninsula Link, including “the chrome gnome” at the Cranbourne Rd exit officially called Reflective Lullaby, are privately funded by Peninsula Link owner operator Southern Way.

The sculptures are commissioned and owned by McLelland Gallery & Sculpture Park and “retired” artworks including the popular Tree of Life, removed to make way for the chrome gnome in July 2015, are put on display at the Langwarrin sculpture park where entry is free.

Peninsula Link artworks are rotated every two years.                

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 5 September 2017


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