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Public Art On Tap
The Melton City Council arts team has been busy working with professional conservators to polish, repair, repaint and clean some of the most significant artworks in its public art collection.
One of the most stunning transformations has been for a very prominent artwork, Simon Perry’s On Tap at Caroline Springs Lake, which was looking a little lack-lustre after years of wear and tear.
The conservators did an amazing job re-coating the sculpture, preparing a new shackle for the shiny silver drop, and then giving it a loving polish. Next time you want to exercise, consider a walk around the lake to admire this sculpture which is now looking at its very best.
Simon Perry is a Melbourne sculptor with a reputation as one of Australia’s distinctive public artists, having created the well-known Public Purse in Bourke St Melbourne. Born in London, Perry commenced his career in public sculpture in the UK, with commissions at Canary Wharf and the Economist Building.
His work combines a Pop Art sensibility with a critical interest in urban environments and contemporary monuments. He uses familiar, tactile objects, fragments of everyday experience rendered extraordinary by their situation, solidness and scale.
Artist: Simon Perry
Materials: Painted steel, polished stainless steel.
Location: Lake Reserve, The Esplanade, Caroline Springs
Commissioner: Delfin Lend Lease
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