The Wingman

Lawrence Hargrave sculpture that sits overlooking Wollongong from the escarpment

Lawrence Hargrave sculpture that sits overlooking Wollongong from the escarpment

Bert Flugelman had a beautiful studio amongst lyrebirds in the rainforest. It was sad news today to hear of this wonderful Australian sculptor’s passing yesterday at the age of 90.  He has left us beautiful works that are part of the Australian landscape.

Bert

Cones at National Gallery of Australia Sculpture Garden

One of my favourites is the work in the sculpture garden of the National Gallery in Canberra that is so familiar. The Australian bush is highly reflected in these wonderful stainless steel forms and people and birds are engaged by their distorted reflections.

Flugelman with Wingman by Guy Warren UOW Collection

Flugelman with Wingman by Guy Warren UOW Collection

His friend Guy Warren had won the Archibald  Prize in 1985 with a portrait “Flugelman with Wingman” and the work hangs in the library foyer at the University of Wollongong, commanding and inspiring.

Guy and Bert shared the wonderful commonality of Jamberoo, the little lush town where I had been only a few days ago with my artist friend.  The majority of his work so solidly metal and constructed had its roots in the organic and the love of the bush.

Tetrapus from Bondi Sculpture by the Sea

Tetrapus from Bondi Sculpture by the Sea

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5 thoughts on “The Wingman

  1. Sadly the Lawrence Hargrave sculpture is not so easy to see now, after the construction of the noise barrier along Mount Ousely Road. I’m sure I can recall it was visible on the drive down the mountain not far after the Mount Pleasant bridge.

    Isn’t the “corkscrew and knuckleduster” outside the Wollongong Gallery Flugelman’s work too?

    • So sad we can’t see it now. I did live in a place in Kieraville where I could stand on tiptoes in the shower and see it in the morning light. You’re right about the one outside Wgong gallery too. Cheers Sue

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