double self portrait howard taylor phenomena

artist : public art


The black stump 1975
Polished concrete and mosaic 457.0 x 500.0 x 500.0 overall
Commissioned by AMP Fire and General Insurance Co Ltd for St Georges Square, Perth
Architect: Forbes and Fitzhardinge, Perth.
relocated to University of Western Australia Art Collection Gift of the
AMP Society, 1990

The black Stump 1975

Because people are the truth and vitality of the city, they deserve to share the external merits of old and new city buildings, the collective backdrop against which they congregate. There are in Perth some recent buildings which carry, as part of their overall concepts, artistic accompaniments for public enjoyment….

St Georges Square is the formal name for the forecourt in front of the AMP Tower nearing completion … the forecourt…will carry an impressive creation by prominent WA sculptor, Howard Taylor.

Two charcoal coloured forms 4.57 metres high weighing nearly 80 tons will stand protectively outside a charcoal- coloured circle set into semi-polished, grey hexagonal slabs…beside the symbolic circle of life will be a ‘black stump’. The stump, serving also as a seat, will link the Aboriginal tradition of meeting place with the flow of people who will use the open space.

Murray Mason, The West Australian 31 August 1974, p66.

Original located in the AMP Tower forecourt Perth, the work was relocated to its present site in the University of Western Australia campus in 1990.