AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Monument to 3000 Days

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A bronze statue (sculpted by Peter Corlett) of John Cain jr, a former premier of Victoria, Australia.
This is one of four life-size statues of premiers outside the Treasury building in Melbourne.
The other statues are of Rupert Hamer, Henry Bolte and Albert Dunstan.
Each statue was commissioned by eccentric premier Jeff Kennett as a collective monument to those who served more than 3,000 days (8 years and a few months) in office.
There have been 45 premiers in the last 150 years and only 4 (post World War II) met the 3000 days criteria.
One Single Impression #135 ~ Monument
Prompt suggested by Ramesh Sood ~
A Little More Than Ordinary

Public accolades
Monuments mean achievements
Public memories

Monumental casts
Character cross-roads in time
Tangible echoes

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ These statues of Henry Bolte and Albert Dunstan have been placed to appear chatting!
And is it my imagination, but Dunstan seems to have a remarkable resemblance to Sir Winston Churchill!

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Ramesh Sood said...

This truly needs to be savoured.. we are going to have a feast for eyes.. such lovely monuments..

BLOGitse said...

I love this kind of 'natural looking' statues! These are really, really cool!

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting sculptures and homage there!Your pictures are magnificent, perfect artwork!
Happy Sunday

Amity said...

beautiful takes Gemma...:) I could only smile how each one treated the prompt excellently...:)A worthy prompt this is!

Though mine is quite different from the rest!

Elisa said...

Amazing pictures of these statues. I love them
Greetings from Argentina

Harshad mehta said...

Very interesting. Yes, outstanding service to society and public should be acknowledged.

Nicole said...

WOW, I can' imagine Germany doing that for their chancellors.
And the statues are beautiful too.
Amazing :D

Sweetest in the Gale said...

Wonderful...thanks for sharing!

My Memories and Crystals said...

It looks natural and interesting...thanks for the visit, see you again.

Judith said...

what wonderful statues such detail too, Judith

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Very well done, I like the Bolte/Dunstan one with the green. Who could ever forget Henry's frown lines? Jeff Kennett eccentric? I've heard him called many things but never eccentric. I think he was the sort of Premier you either loved him or hated him - there were no in-betweens!☺
Have a good Sunday.

Nanka said...

Public memories are short lived but great achievements are applauded. Such monuments echo...

Rumya said...

Great work is always rewarded and a monument becomes a reminder for generations.

Anonymous said...

Seems indeed as if time was "better" when people did wear a hat. An interesting and great idea for this prompt indeed.

Please have a good new week.

daily athens

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent - nice tribute paid to these men and it does appear the two are chatting. Wouldn't it be interesting to know what they could be saying?

JanePoet/deborah said...

what an interesting, enjoyable response to the prompt!


Bloggin'withAmanda said...

wonderful tribute, 3000 days is no easy feat!

haisley said...

Those statues looks different..... may be because it's silver.
Nice one gemma

ms pie said...

an interesting tribute 3000 dayz... and enjoy the character caught in their expression...



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