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11 Apr 2018

Art anytime and anywhere!

“Art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed ... because people are changed by art – enriched, ennobled, encouraged – they then act in a way that may affect the course of events... by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think.” (Leonard Bernstein).

As a child I loved my sport and, oh, what a city to live in if you love sport. Melbourne has no comparison when it comes to its support of all things sport.

Whilst I still love sport, (the Tigers especially), as I’ve grown older I’ve developed a greater appreciation of the arts and what it gives you as an individual. For that I have my father to thank. He was mad about it. Like, seriously mad!

As a Southbank resident, I would like to think that our suburb, within our city, could be held up as beacon for the arts whether it be public or private.

Whilst many mocked the “yellow peril” sculpture when it was first put in place in 1980, I liked it for the fact that it was controversial and made people at least think about art and its place in our lives.

It now resides at the end of Dodds St having been relocated there in 2002. I re-discovered it after I moved to Southbank and happily pass it every day as I walk through my suburb.

I thoroughly endorse any sort of public art that is put in place in Southbank. Let me reiterate that – any sort of public art.

I might not like some of it. It may not be to my taste. But I’m okay with that. Controversial works such as the “yellow peril” generate discussion solely because it is not to everyone’s taste and everyone has their own interpretation. And, that’s what art is for. Art is an act of expressing feelings, thoughts, and observations. Art inspires. Art makes you think. I say public artwork is welcome in Southbank. Anytime and anywhere. Let Southbank be at the pointy end of any arts-based discussion.

Peter Viney

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