ON THE STAIRCASE
Not since a sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh sitting naked by the lake (Down by the Lake with Liz and Phil) was violently beheaded in 1995 has a another sculpture (or part thereof) had such a torturous tale to tell. On the Staircase by Keld Moseholm in Petrie Plaze Civic has been victim of a series of violent attacks. Canberra it seems has some serial sculpture killers and they are not art critics, one hastens to add. Today ACT Minister for the Arts, Joy Burch, visited Ainslie+Gorman Art Centre for an official handover of this work in its totality, to be re-situated in the North courtyard. The little (reading) man who came ahead of the rest of the sculpture has quite a story, having been knocked of his perch on several occasions and finally ending up in the bedroom of a teenager. Security cam identified the culprit applying the fatal karate kick to the said little man and parents demanded that the detail was returned to police. Well today he has finally found a safe home (we hope) amongst artists and writers in the bucolic greenery of Ainslie+Gorman Art Centre. Have to say he kind of looks very comfortable in these surrounds ….