Large-scale banana art sculpture sparks anger in Melbourne

Banana art has struck again. In Melbourne, a 1.8 meter public sculpture caused a stir among locals.

fallen fruit by Adam Stone is a large-scale piece on Rose Street in Fitzroy that features a skull carved into a peeled banana. He was paid by Yarra Council, which spent $22,000 on a $100,000 grant from the Transport Accident Board.

After being unveiled on November 8, however, the artwork divided opinion among residents, with some pointing out that the money from the piece could have been used for community services and local businesses. More recently, the sculpture was vandalized after someone tried to saw it in half on Thursday.

“It was quite surprising and upsetting to see the artwork so dramatically vandalized, but there’s not much you can do when the artwork is in the public arena…You just have to let go and spread it “Stone said. Guardian Australia.

On Friday afternoon, he set out to fix the job.

Stone studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and has shown her work in Australia and Asia. He also received the Montalto Sculpture Prize and the Fiona Myer Award.

Peter said fallen fruit has a conceptual meaning.

“I was thinking about the hubris of Western society and our obsession with unsustainable excess and how that affects the environment,” he said. Guardian Australia.

He also said, “My ambition was that people from diverse backgrounds could find the work fun and engaging, and…maybe consider the conceptual meaning of the work.”

The Transportation Accident Board responded to people’s concerns, saying it would be clearer about spending requirements in the future.

The controversy around fallen fruit recalls the stir caused by artist Maurizio Cattelan at Art Basel Miami Beach in late 2019. The artist, known for his unusual and ironic works, taped a banana to a wall and sold it for $120,000. A total of three editions, fetching up to $150,000, were sold at the fair that year.

Updated: November 29, 2021, 7:36 a.m.

Mildred D. Field