Dobell Memorial Sculpture
Pubic Art : Dobell Memorial Sculpture
Also Known As : Pyramid Tower
Also known As : The Silver Shish Kebab
Sculptor: © Herbert Flugelman
Description: The Dobell Memorial sculpture is a
19.5m high stack of highly polished stainless steel shaped pyramids balancing atop each other. The highly
reflective surfaces are intended to capture both the people and the surrounds.
Location: Originally the Dobell sculpture was located
next to the Martin Place fountain but was later moved to the intersection of Spring Street and Pitt Street,
Controversy Alert : In 1976 a sculpture was proposed
for 1 Martin Place in Sydney's CBD, commissioned by the Dobell foundation, however the winning Flugelman entry was
not entirely embraced by the kind folks of Sydney, which resulted in a delay in its installation. The Pyramid
Tower was eventually and reluctantly installed 3 years later in 1979. In 1996, following strong criticism
by Sydney's Lord Mayor Frank Sartor and equally negative responses from the public, the sculpture was removed
from 1 Martin Place and the public's eye. It was later re-erected in a less prominent but more suited location,
amongst the towering modern glass, concrete and steel buildings of Spring and Pitt Street.
Silver Shich Kebab Trivia: If you look very closely
at the lower part of the sculpture you can still see the marks made by skateboarders who used it as a stunt ramp
when located in 1 Martin Place.