Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch: Batman, Swanston & Hoddle 1993

WEAVER, Alison; QUINN, Paul

Registration number

1088157

Artist/maker

WEAVER, Alison; QUINN, Paul

Title

Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch: Batman, Swanston & Hoddle

Production date

1993

Medium

bronze

Dimensions (H x W x D)

3 figures, 190 cm (height approx)

Inscriptions

"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 of Nauru

Credit line

Commissioned as part of the Swanston Street Walk Public Art Project, and was gifted to the City of Melbourne from the Republic of Nauru to celebrate the city’s 150th anniversary, 1993.
City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection

Keywords

Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch: Batman, Swanston & Hoddle, Alison Weaver, Paul Quinn

Summary

Location: cnr Swanston and Bourke Sts

This whimsical, life-size bronze sculpture of three businessmen carrying lunchboxes is located in the heart of Melbourne. Artist Alison Weaver claims that while the men are named and motionless, they are also intended to be anonymous and to represent being ‘trapped in the perpetual motion of consumerism’. Weaver figures these three Melbourne pioneers as ‘pedestrians of vast time’ who have returned to the city streets and says her interpretation of them is driven by humour rather than by iconoclasm.

Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch was commissioned in 1993 as part of the Swanston Street Art Works Program, and was a gift to the City of Melbourne from the Republic of Nauru to celebrate the city’s 150th anniversary.