Cultural Rubble

Angie Muccillo

Thornbury, Australia

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Christine O’Loughlin’s Cultural rubble sculpture located on the facade of the Ian Potter Museum Melbourne University on Swanston Street.

Cultural rubble comprises four reinforced fibreglass panels that protrude from the building. Each panel incorporates shattered fragments from classical statuary, architecture and pottery, cast from plaster moulds in the collection of the Musée du Louvre, Paris. O’Loughlin worked on site at the Louvre to produce the individual components in each panel, which were then assembled and shipped in four sections to Australia.

Each panel refers to a different category of the Classical tradition, and each is individually titled ‘Perfect architectural support, ‘Perfect woman’, ‘Perfect man’ and ‘Perfect pot’. Fragments of the Venus de Milo and the Winged victory of Samothrace, the Discus thrower and the Delphic Charioteer, highly decorative Greek urns and vases, and a monumental Doric column, form some of the individual elements constituting the panels.

According to the artist, Australian art history has traditionally been based upon the received ideas and cultural fragments of a European past. Cultural rubble draws attention to this received history while the use of fragments reinforces the notion of distance from the original culture. O’Loughlin notes in a statement about the work: ‘The obvious irony in using European cultural rubble which both blocks and bursts from the windows of an Australian contemporary art gallery, becomes a statement of confidence in the dynamism of contemporary Australian art’. Source

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