Finally got a chance to see the long awaited and much hyped Bon Scott sculpture yesterday. (Had to get away from Beaufort street for a while). Oddly it’s stuck in the corner of a glorified fish and chip shop. (Cicerellos?) I don’t know if this is Bon’s “final resting place” or not. Please no.
Well what can I say? It’s not bad enough to be interesting, but not good enough to be interesting either. Reminds me a lot of the earnest, bland work of the Smith pair who have infested Perth with a huge number of earnest, bland but terrible bronzes. Lifesize realistic bronzes never, ever work. They always end up as a sort of apologetic diminishing of the subject. Only a totally over the top or even surreal piece is ever going to make a remarkable work. 20ft high this might have had something. Small, it looks sad. You’ve got to feel for the artists commissioned for these pieces. They know that getting the essence of the character cannot be done with a lifelike sculpture, but they also know that imagination deprived city administrators will never have the “kahunas” for something good. The artwork should be all about the larger than life features of the subject, something that painters seem to achieve more easily, but this type of sculpture never can be better than the strictly physical likeness. Sad. A sort of half realistic image of a shortarse in the corner of a chip shop. Also saw the mannequins below representing gaoler and prisoner at The Roundhouse. Somehow they were more satisfying than the Bon.