double self portrait howard taylor phenomena

artist : public art


Cyclops 1965
concrete and mosaic 236.0 x 218.0 x 460.0
commissioned by the ANZ BANK Group Ltd for ANZ House, St Georges Terrace.
Curtin University Art Collection, Perth

A Teapot? Pretty Or Hideous?

“That’s a teapot.” “It’s hideous.” “Very pretty.” These comments from a four year-old boy, a businessman, and a housewife were typical of Perth’s reaction to the new ANZ bank sculpture.

The Sculpture is placed in the forecourt area of one of Perth’s most modern buildings in St. George’s Terrace. . Most of the people passing the new building this morning paused to look at the large curved statue. Some amused, others annoyed – “take it out to sea and dump it overboard” – by the shell – like structure. But most people seemed to feel like the little girl, who ran up to the sculpture, said, “hello”, and gave it a welcoming pat.

Daily News (Perth) 25 November 1965, p24

Originally located in front of the ANZ BANK on St Georges Terrace Perth, the work was relocated to the Curtin University of Technology campus in 1992.

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Way through 1977-78, refabricated in 2001
karri and zinc-coated steel 250.0 x 1028.0 x 519.0 overall
Curtin University Art Collection, Perth

Way through 1977-78

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