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Pamela Lofts and Pip McManus: Public Art

Storyleaves: Alice Springs airport sculpture

       

Flights of the budgerigars flash, particled, showered in air

The storyleaves sculpture, designed by local artists Pamela Lofts and Pip McManus, greets the visitors with a burst of colour suggesting the remarkable vitality and luminosity of Central Australia. The three leaf-like forms evoke an Indigenous oral storytelling tradition, whereby gum leaves, often representing characters in stories, are poked into the ground and moved around as the storyteller recounts a tale.

Dazzling flocks of budgerigars, native to the Central Desert regions, signal proximity to water, which they frequent after rain to breed, and are honoured here by a line of verse by the Australian poet Roland Robinson (1912-1992). Robinson sought to promote Indigenous Australian ideas and customs, and spent many years in the Northern Territory.

Steel fabrication - Ross Engineering, Alice Springs
Bronze casting - Coates and Wood Foundry, Melbourne
Colour finishing - Alice Paint and Panel