Friday, September 2, 2011


Relic [2006. Rick Amor. Bronze, corten steel base]

Relic is a two metre tall sculpture of a figure reminiscent of the Egyptian Anubis, although the sculptor, Rick Amor, has said that's not what it is: 'It's a relic, it's a distant memory. I don't know where it came from, from the unconscious. It's not meant to be an Anubis or any Egyptian deity, it's just something that popped up.' (The Age).

Rick Amor was born in Frankston, Victoria, in 1948, and has been exhibiting his paintings for nearly 40 years. He starting sculpting in the 1990s, and in 2007 won the $100,000 McClelland Sculpture Award for this piece.

It now sits at the intersection of Childers Street and University Avenue, with its back to the university and facing City Hill. And no, that's not a beer bottle on its shoulder - it's the top of the flagpole at the law courts in the background.

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