Distant Conversations Sculpture
Public Art : Distant Conversations sculpture (also known as the
Sculptor: © Michael Meszaros
Description: The bronze sculpture of a couple peering through the
window, from the pavement into the Telstra building was part of a collection of sculptures, called 'Distant
Conversations', which was commissioned by the telecommunications company.
Date unveiled : 1992
Location: The couple use to be seen staring on the corner of
Lonsdale and Exhibition streets, Melbourne but the artwork is currently in storage awaiting a new home.
Controversy : In October 2009, Telstra decided after 17 years they
were going to dismantle Michael Meszaros' 'Distant Conversations' in order to install a Telstra shop. Needless to
say the artist was distraught. Mr Meszaros sort legal advise and with the help of lawyer Dr. Mark Williams was able
to save his work under the recognition of artists' moral rights legislation. After negotiating with Telstra for a
resonable outcome Mr Meszaros was enventually able to secure a buyer for the artwork who agreed to remove , store
and eventually relocate the work which is valued at over $1million.