The term public art refers to works of art in any media that are sited or staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. It is usually specific to the site, and often includes community involvement and collaboration.
Susan Milne and Greg Stonehouse
Hospital Beds, 2005
stainless steel; mist
Located in the café courtyard at The Deerubbin Centre, George Street Windsor
Photos: Greg Stonehouse
Hospital Beds is located in a courtyard created by the 19th and 21st century buildings Hawkesbury Hospital and Convict Barracks (1823) and Deerubbin Centre (2005) The Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, accommodates the Hawkesbury Central Library and Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, along with other businesses and offices.
The sculpture is designed to unite the historical and contemporary uses of the site and to enhance its use as a lively public space. Bed Heads refers to the previous uses of the site as a hospital and barracks:
As well as providing cool bursts of moisture in summer, the mist evokes the curtain drawn around a hospital bed.
The wire refers to the rope of the convict hammocks and the coiled springs of mattresses. The pattern of the wire is silhouetted on the ground as the sun shifts above and the skeletal sculpture is transformed by light during the day and at night.
There is a dialogue between ends, the head and the feet, compassion and confinement, quarantine and cure, and the contemporary that is reverential to the voices of the past.
Frederic Marie René Chepeaux (1945-1994)
'Major General Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of NSW 1810-1821'
1994, cast bronze
Located in McQuade Park, Windsor NSW
Frederic Chepeaux, an acclaimed sculptor, jeweller and painter, was born in Brittany, France. He made his home in the Hawkesbury, where he passed away just before the unveiling of the sculpture in 1994. Chepeaux depicted Governor Macquarie examining his plans for the five Hawkesbury towns, Windsor, Richmond, Pitt Town, Wilberforce and Castlereagh.
The statue was commissioned during the bicentenary celebrations in 1994 of European settlement in the Hawkesbury. It was sponsored by Hawkesbury Gazette, Hawkesbury Courier and their parent company Rural Press Ltd.
Governor Macquarie statue, McQuade Park, Windsor.
The Governor Macquarie statue is flanked by interpretive signs which provide information on the themes: Macquarie & the Hawkesbury; Lachlan and Elizabeth; Governor of NSW 1810-1821; Governor Macquarie Rose and Elizabeth Macquarie Iris; Elizabeth Macquarie mosaic; McQuade Park and St Matthews Anglican Church. Click here for the Interpretive signs to see the full text and images of these signs.
Franco and Dennis Colussi
Macquarie 2010 Mosaic Art Sculpture
Crushed coloured tiles, pebbles and quartz.
Located in McQuade Park, Windsor NSW
As part of the Macquarie 2010 celebrations, Council commissioned Franco and Dennis Colussi to create a Mosaic Art Sculpture around the Governor Macquarie Statue in McQuade Park.
The central mosaic depicts landmarks in each of the five Macquarie towns to acknowledge the 200 years since their naming in December 1810: St Matthews Anglican Church, Windsor; Mountain View, Richmond; Macquarie School House, Wilberforce;
Mulgrave Place and Bathurst Street, Pitt Town; and Christchurch Anglican Church, Castlereagh.
A separate mosaic located at the entrance to the statue features an artistic impression of the Elizabeth Macquarie Iris.
The combination of the mosaic with the statue is a fitting acknowledgement of the partnership between Elizabeth and Lachlan Macquarie, who together strived to work for the betterment of the state and the Hawkesbury.
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