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Volume 16 No. 39
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011
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ACT RESCUE AND
Poet's Corner in place
Minister Joy Burch has finalised plans
for Poet's Corner in Civic.
Picture: Elesa Lee
FROM early next year Canberra's
poets will have a corner of the city to
call their own.
Poet's Corner in Garema Place will
feature three bronze busts of Aust-
ralian poets Judith Wright, A.D. Hope
and David Campbell. Sydney-based
artist Cathy Weiszmann -- who created
a sculpture of Mal Meninga for Bruce
Stadium in 2009 -- has been com-
missioned to work on the figures.
Arts Minister Joy Burch says the
$170,000 project is part of former chief
minister Jon Stanhope's legacy of
public art. Despite copping some
criticism from the Opposition, she said
the idea of public art remained import-
ant to the ACT Government.
"Public art remains important for
any city, if you look -- whether in
Australia or overseas -- public art is
part and parcel of cities," she said.
"When we travel we often go to
points of public art that we know and
that are part of the visual impact of
cities. Certainly the former chief
minister was a strong proponent for
public art and some of these commis-
sions are still coming through as part of
Campbell resident Harold Grant has
long advocated for a Poet's Corner in
the city. As a result, he has been
invited to launch the artwork in
January next year.
"Poetry is one of my great loves in
life, you can express in a few words of
poetry what takes a page of prose," he
"Canberra's got some lovely poets.
I'd like to see constant poetry readings
CBD Limited chief executive Ste-
phen Gregory hopes the project will
breathe some life back into Garema
"It will bring back a bit of traffic
into Garema Place. I think it's a good
location," he said.
Mr Gregory is keen to work with the
Government to produce a map of
public art around the city.
"It's something that makes for a
very enjoyable experience to walk
around the city," he said.
"Artwork is an essential part of big
cities around the world, so why not
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