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Wind and Wave. The Corso. Manly. Sydney. Australia.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Punga and Paua
S 33° 47.838 E 151° 17.265
56H E 341493 N 6259000
Quick Description: This abstract work of art is titled Wind and Wave by Lenton Parr, a distinguished Melbourne sculptor (1924-2003), and is displayed on The Corso, Pacific side, at Manly Beach, one of Sydney's northern beaches.
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Date Posted: 11/25/2008 6:30:08 PM
Waymark Code: WM581D
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 27

Long Description:
The sculpture was a project of the bicentennial celebrations of Australia. It symbolizes the pattern which the sunlight, water, clouds, and flying seabirds draw into the sky. With an overwhelming vitality and rhythmic movements, the sculpture aims to the sky.

Lenton Parr. (b Melbourne, 11 Sept 1924). Australian sculptor. After working in England as an assistant to Henry Moore in 1955-56, he returned to Australia in 1957 and enrolled as a part-time sculpture student at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In the early 1960s Parr's sculpture became increasingly abstract and larger in scale, and he began the Constellations series, which confirmed his reputation in Australia as a pioneer of welded metal sculpture. Parr's sculpture underwent a radical conceptual shift after the late 1960s. Inspired by the crisp, logical and monumental forms of agricultural machinery, he began producing streamlined configurations of regular, flat steel plates and bent strips.

Lenton Parr played a pivotal role in the advancement of Australian sculpture, both as a sculptor and as an educator. He was one of the members of the Centre 5 Group of sculptors who formed in 1961 to advance the cause of contemporary Australian sculpture. This influential group helped to develop an appreciation of sculpture and to create a climate of acceptance, an initial struggle which todays sculptors are benefiting from.

Wind and Wave, by Melbourne sculptor, Lenton Parr, was unveiled without the sculptor present in 1989.
The then-controversial sculpture divided Manly Council and community. Eventually Council accepted the advice of its panel of experts, including Manly Art Gallery. It was funded as part of the Bicentennial grant for the pedestrianisation of Sydney Road, where it joins the Corso.

The Corso at Manly is a partly-malled promenade area between Manly Beach and Manly Wharf, an area of cafes, interesting shops, and street entertainment. The Sculpture forms part of a water feature in the mall.
Title: Wind and Wave

Artist: Melbourne sculptor Lenton Parr (1924-2003)

Media (materials) used: Steel

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): The Corso, Manly Beach.

Date of creation or placement: 1989

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