New Public Sculpture Celebrates Cosmopolitan Manningham

15 May 2012

Manningham’s vibrant community life has provided inspiration for a new piece of public art on the Williamsons Road frontage of Westfield Doncaster.

Entitled ‘Column’ and constructed from corten steel, the piece is a 3.2m tall sculpture designed and fabricated by Melbourne artist Rudi Jass.

According to the artist, the flowing and dynamic pattern of the sculpture reinterprets basic geometrical shapes (such as triangles, circles and squares) used by many cultures to explore focus, harmony and balance.

Jass is a former Porsche technician who has won several awards for his sculpting, including the 2010 Gate Gallery Acquisitive Sculpture Prize and the Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Award at the Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition Awards in 2006. His work can be found in private collections throughout Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The purchase of the piece was funded by Westfield with Council staff assisting with the selection of the art and project managing the installation.

Manningham Mayor, Cr Geoff Gough, said the sculpture paid tribute to the community’s identity and marked a milestone in the City’s development.

“Public art contributes a strong local identity and sense of place to the City and the location of this piece at Westfield Doncaster is particularly significant, as it reflects the major cultural contribution Westfield has made to our evolving municipality.”

“This is one of several art pieces which will enhance the character of Doncaster Hill and create an exciting and colourful pedestrian environment for local residents and visitors.”

Installation of the new sculpture is expected to be completed by the end of May.