Bird Totem Sculpture
Public Art : Bird Totem sculpture
Sculptor: © Adrian Mauriks
Sculptor's Website: www.studiomauriks.com
Description: The 6m high bronze sculpture features
two upright structures on which a horizontal shape, resembling the wing of a bird, sits.
Commissioned by: AMP Society for the World Trade
Centre and National Bank Building Plaza.
Date Unveiled: The Bird Totem sculpture was unveiled
on the 22nd of December, 1988.
Location: The Bird Totem is located outside the AMP
building on the corner George Street and Jamieson Street, Sydney, Australia.
Artist's Statement : "Because the associated
buildings were sophisticated 20th-centuary designs I wanted to balance that with the raw primitive qualities of the
totemic form, which can stir something in the human unconscious,"
"The piece is not just big for the sake of being big. The scale of the surrounding buildings and
plaza is very large. I didn't want to battle the architecture of the place and at the same time I didn't want it to
be so small that the form was no longer effective."
Things You May Not Know About Bird Totem : When the
Bird Totem was erected in 1988 it was said to be the largest bronze sculpture in Australia.
References : The Sydney Morning Herald, December
23rd, 1988, John Stapleton.