Sunday, November 24, 2013

Arty Places #13 - New Acton



This week I spent a few days in Canberra (Australian Capital Territory)  for Rotary training and had a little bit of time to myself one afternoon to discover the wonderful art just in one Canberra precinct , New Acton. The sculptures "Time Thief" captivated me and I  sat for some time admiring the three elements  of Robin Blua's concept.







The commission was co-ordinated by Pamille Berg Consulting, the Molonglo Group's public art consultant for the New Acton Precinct for the past seven years.Ms Berg said the sculptures ''show all of us what can happen when a developer is committed to ''doing things right'' in properly employing the superb skills of the professional artists and craftspeople in our midst.'...'Read more: here  
The other sculptures in the precinct are just as engaging and interesting, some even more imposing and thought provoking.




NewActon South is the striking centrepiece of NewActon precinct; a sensuous glass, steel and concrete curvilinear apartment tower that transcends the everyday through its quality of thought, exacting craftsmanship, distinctive materiality and ever-present integration of contemporary art ... from http://www.newacton.com.au/
This photo  above also shows at ground level a little cafe, called Mocan and Green Grout , described as" an ethical cafĂ© and bike maker under the label Goodspeed Bicycle Co that’s as much an art and design experience as a place to enjoy good coffee and food "  My friend Pam and I sat in the  double garden chair  on the footpath you can see in this photo. and we ate cauliflower,quinoa ,barberry and  lemon myrtle and snapper fillets with pink grapefruit and fennel - absolutely delicious !  Of course, I took the photo to highlight the sculpture and the rooftop garden, but couldn't help adding the details about the fantastic food.and mentioning the beautiful scenes along the walking path around  Lake Burley Griffin  adjacent to this arty precinct.