By now we’re sure you’ve seen and had lively discussions about Iconoclast 2017. It’s the sculpture by Michael Riddle at the Skye Rd exit of Peninsula Link near McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery. Installed in 2017, Michael’s work is part of the $250,000 Southern Way McClelland Commission, which will see a new sculpture chosen every two years until 2037 and alternating between sites at the Skye and Cranbourne road exits.
Iconoclast 2017 is intended as a visual shock. The structure explores the idea of loss and collapse. Sustainability and climate change are issues it could relate to. Steve Brown’s photograph stunningly captures the busy freeway that complements the sculpture’s message, with the light trails hinting at the invisible emissions from the millions of cars that travel on Peninsula Link every year.
Michael is a Brisbane-based contemporary artist whose attraction to materials, processes and form act as inspiration in an art practice that unearths such areas as metaphysics and the human condition where chance, slippages and accidents are all encouraged.
Submissions have closed for the 2019 commission, which invites Australian and international artists to design the new sculpture for the Cranbourne Rd exit. Until then, Gregor Kregar’s sculpture Reflective Lullaby — more commonly known as The Gnome — will continue to stand tall at the Cranbourne Rd site before being moved as part of McClelland’s permanent collection next year.
Park+Gallery Director Lisa Byrne said: “The fifth commission of this 25-year partnership between Southern Way and McClelland is a unique opportunity for artists to create ambitious works of public sculpture. On display for four years, these monumental works invariably become local icons and encourage lively debate about contemporary art and spatial practice.”
What do you think Iconoclast 2017 represents?