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Vic Branch: The Lost Sculptures of Fitzroy Gardens

19 February 2020 @ 6:00 am AEDT

The Lost Sculptures of Fitzroy Gardens a lecture by Dr Monique Webber

Gardens were central to Melbourne’s identity from its colonial beginnings. While Paris and London created urban gardens as a solution to industrialisation, Melbourne laid a ‘green necklace’ around its nascent urban grid.

The Fitzroy Gardens were one of the earliest, and for many years, one of the city’s most culturally ambitious sites. As Melbourne imposed a European identity upon its growing population, the Fitzroy Gardens soon hosted more than sixty classical statues cast from leading international collections. With time, however, tastes changed and these once-celebrated statues fell into disrepair. The debate surrounding their fate divided a rapidly changing city and forged attitudes towards gardens, art, and urban identity that resonate today.

Drawing on research conducted in Melbourne, Paris, and Rome as the 2017-2018 State Library of Victoria La Trobe Society Fellow, Dr. Monique Webber will reveal the dramatic story of Melbourne’s lost sculptures and their role in the contemporary city.

Lost Sculptures of Fitzroy Gardens Flyer

Venue: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium, Birdwood Ave, South Yarra.

Time: 6:00 pm for 6:30 start.

Cost: AGHS Members $20, Non-Members $25, Students $10.

Associated event: join Monique in a walk and talk in the Fitzroy Gardens where she will explain the locations where once the missing statues stood.

Bookings: book at Trybookings.



19 February 2020
6:00 am AEDT
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