Three Businessmen who brought their own lunch: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle

Three Businessmen who brought their own lunch: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle, Melbourne Australia

Public Art : Three Businessmen who brought their own lunch: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle

Nicknames : Metal Men

Sculptors : © Alison Weaver and Paul Quinn

Date Unveiled : 20th of April, 1994.

Description : Imagine if  pioneers, Batman, Swanston and Hoddle could magically reappear on the streets of modern Melbourne. This is the humorous notion the artist have taken for this group. Three bronze statues looking in wonderment and astonishment at the development of the city they helped build.

Location : Somewhere in the crowd on the corner of Burke and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Australia.

Inscription :

"Three Businessmen who brought their own lunch: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle"
was unveiled on 20 April 1994
by his Excellency, the President of Nauru
Hon. Bernard Dowiyogo M.P.
A gift celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the
City of Melbourne from the people and Government of Nauru.


"Three Businessmen who brought their own lunch" trivia : This sculpture is the most popular piece of public art in Melbourne.

It would have to have the longest public art title in the world or at least close (damn near used up all my keywords!).

Now I do find it interesting that the sculptures were a gift from the Government of Nauru about the same time that the country became a tax haven and a place to launder money!. But lets not forget their greatest claim to fame is phosphate deposits and refugees. Yes, before the Australian Government made Nauru a landing place for Asylum seekers its sole source of income came from the selling of Guano (bird poop). Nauru also happens to be the world's smallest island nation.

   

 

Three Businessmen who brought their own lunch after dark: Isn't it interesting, in the daytime photo's the businessmen look a little overwhelmed yet inquisitive, however in the night time photo's they look downright frightened.

 

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