Water Children c1970

ROBINSON, John Edward

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ROBINSON, John Edward


Water Children

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2 figures, 70 x 160 cm

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Commissioned by Conzinc Riotinto (now known as Rio Tinto), c1970 and purchased by the City of Melbourne, 1973.
City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection


Water Children, John Edward Robinson, bronze sculpture, c1970, Queen Victoria Gardens, Conzinc Riotinto


Location: Queen Victoria Gardens Two small bronze children, a girl and a boy, leaning over a stream that meanders down to the lake. The girl is kneeling on her hands and knees, the boy lying down, one foot in the air, one hand scooping the water. Like The Pathfinder, this sculpture was in fact commissioned by Conzinc Riotinto (now known as Rio Tinto). It was purchased by the City of Melbourne in 1973 as a part of its re-landscaping of the gardens. While this sculpture wasn’t commissioned for the site, it demonstrates a shift towards more realist statuary that engages with its environment.