Larry La Trobe Statue
Public Art: Larry La Trobe
Sculptor: © Pamela Irving
Date : 1992 & 1996
Description: A life size bronze statue of a dingo
type dog, called Larry La Trobe. The 70cm high dog, wearing a spiked collar, stands guard over the
city square. The dog was inspired by the artist's own dog Lucy and her uncle, Larry.
Location: Corner of Collins and Swanston Street in
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Commissioned by: Percent for Art Program and the
Swanston Street Redevelopment Project.
History of Larry La Trobe: Pamela Irving created
Larry La Trobe in 1992, as part of the Percent for Art Program and Swanston Street Redevelopment and
was presented as a gift to the City of Melbourne. Larry, a life size dingo type dog , keeps an observant
eye on the goings on of the street and city Square. The bronze pooch was inspired by Pamela's own dog
(Lucy) and named in honour of her uncle Larry. The "iconic" dog sculpture became one of Melbourne's most loved
statues, virtually from the moment he was unveiled in 1992.
Dog Gone: Despite being anchored to the site with
30cm bolts, poor old Larry was stolen in 1995. The distraught City of Melbourne council launched a 'return Larry'
campaign, but to no avail. A distraught Peter Kolliner, the owner of the foundry where Larry was cast, offered to
recast the pooch. Pamela made a few slight changes such as a more redder tinge to make Larry a little
With much fanfare the new Larry was officially welcomed back on 16th September 1996. As Larry was unveiled for the
second time, a band performed a special song "Larry Come Home - a dogumentary" to the tune of Advanced
Australia Fair. Click here for the words and sing along.