Clarence Council has developed a series of public artworks over a number of years through commissions and community arts projects. Council is committed to establishing the cultural identity of Clarence through an integrated approach, which creates an urban environment that reflects pride in a creative city.
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Kangooroo by Matt Calvert was recently commissioned by Clarence Council for the recently re-developed Kangaroo Bay Parkland precinct.
The sculpture is an interpretation of a drawing of an Eastern Grey kangaroo titled Gum-‐plant and Kangooroo of New Holland that was made by colonial artist George Raper around 1789. Like many of his contemporaries, the artist was clearly fascinated by this strange and exotic subject, and interpreted it with having some unique features such as its peculiarly skinny forearms and sweet mouse like face.
Eastern Grey kangaroos lived in substantial numbers on the eastern shore of the Derwent before European settlement, cared for by the Mumirimina people of the Oyster Bay tribe. They were an important and plentiful food source for both the local Aborigines and the new settlers.
The Clarence Art Collection is a collection of contemporary and community artworks which have been amassed via acquisitions, through exhibitions such as the annual Open Art Exhibition, the Clarence Prize and gifts and donations. It was initiated in 1988 as part of Clarence’s participation in Australia’s Bicentenary.
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