THE death of one of Australia’s best-known sculptors has shone the spotlight on one of his works in the Orange Botanic Gardens.
Artist Bert Flugelman (pictured) created a stainless steel archway for the gardens to mark the Centenary of Federation in 2001.
The Federation Arch was commissioned by the Orange Regional Arts Foundation, and was installed alongside The Billabong in the Orange Botanic Gardens.
Orange Regional Gallery director Alan Sisley said the artist was well known, especially for some of his more controversial works.
“His works were supposed to reflect you and that created some controversy because people see what they want to see in the artworks,” he said.
Mr Sisley said the Federation Arch was a good example of this reflection.
“It’s polished on the inside and roughened on the outside to reflect you and what you’re doing now,” he said.
The Federation Arch was purchased for $100,000, money well spent, according to Mr Sisley.
“It was quite expensive but I think it’s worth it,” he said.
Mr Flugelman died at his home in Bowral on Tuesday, aged 90.
His works include the iconic Mall’s Balls, the two large stainless steel spheres that have stood in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall since 1977.
The artistic merit of the balls, which were placed one on top of the other, was sometimes questioned, but they quickly became a popular meeting place in the mall.
Flugelman also attracted controversy with another of his stainless steel works Pyramid Tower, which came to be known as the “silver shish kebab” after it was installed in Sydney’s Martin Place.
Flugelman was born in Austria and came to Australia as a teenager.
REFLECTION ON HISTORY: The Federation Arch at the Orange Botanic Gardens. Photo courtesy Orange City Council
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