Public Art: Weathervanes sculpture
Sculptor: © Daniel Jenkins
Description: If you look up you high on four tram
poles you will see a horse, fish, bird and pig weathervane blowing in the wind at the corner of Swanston and Burke
Streets. The Weathervanes group are a series of 4 hand beaten and copper weathervanes featuring gold leaf detail.
Jenkins, who is a jeweller and silversmith by trade, used a techiques called repousse , where the metal is
beaten from the underside to achieve more shape and relief. He learned this technique while in Venice on a Palladio
Foundation scholarship. Each animal represents a specific aspect of Melbourne: the horse, sport and culture; the
fish rpresents the waterways: the bird symbolizes Melbourne's parks and gardens; and the pig? Well, the pig is
suppose to represent the city's hope and future! OK, so the artist was having a little tongue-in-cheek "pigs can
Artist Statement: "We take our cities for granted
with the daily pedestrian bustle it is always business as usual. It takes something very unusual to attract
someone's eye. I want people to look up and smile."
Date Unveiled: March, 1993
Location: The weathervanes are spinning at the corner
of Burke and Swanston streets, Melbourne, Australia.