National Gallery of Australia – Sculpture Garden

On a recent trip to Canberra, we visited the National Gallery of Australia.  Hidden at the back of the Gallery, overlooking the sculpture garden, is the NGA cafe – where we had a delicious meal. Deciding to walk to the edge of Lake Burley Griffin, we found ourselves among the sculptures, and the photographs below showcase just a few of these.

The ‘Floating figure’ (1927) by Gaston Lachaise – which is cast in bronze – was purchased by the National Gallery in 1978.  Suspended above a shallow pool, in which the figure casts a reflection, it has a commanding presence.

‘The dog’ (2003) by Rick Amor, cast in bronze on a corten steel base, was purchased by the National Gallery in 2004. Larger than life, it appears at a distance to be the size of a bear.

‘Cones’ (1982) by artist Bert Flugelman, made of polished stainless steel, was commissioned in 1976 by the National Gallery and purchased in 1982.
The reflective steel cones have assumed an iconic presence in the National Gallery of Australia’s Sculpture Garden. Stretching more than 20 metres, they reflect the sky, ground and eucalypt trees, making a very impressive picture.

The ‘Heads from the North’ (2004), by Dadang Christanto, are all cast in bronze. Consisting of 66 slightly larger than life-sized bronze heads, it is an amazing installation, situated among the reeds of the marsh pond in the sculptural garden of Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia.

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