Tourists in Mundaring Sculpture
Public Art : Tourists in Mundaring sculpture
Sculptor : © Stuart Elliot
Description : A series of creepy, outrageously
dressed bronze and acyrilic laquered statues all lined up in two rows at the foot of towering gum trees. I must say
these 1m tall creations give me the creeps and send ripples of sheer panic through me at the thought of stumbling
over them at night (The Stepford Staues!). I have the same issue with the 'Goodbye Cruel World. I'm off
to join the Circus, but I missed the last Train' sculpture nearby. Call me crazy but I can imagine them moving
around when no one is looking and then quickly standing still. But in the bright light of day I must say they
do make me giggle (if not nervously). The bus load have arrived with that dull, bored "we are here, now
what ?" look plastered across their faces. In all there are 5 squat looking tourists in
varying Australiana themed attire, including nice honky nut and Kangaroo Paw covered shirts
(so typical tourist). The three women are dressed in pant suits and pith helmets whilst the two men wear
baseball caps and knee length shorts.
Date Unveiled: 1988
Location : Mundaring Community Sculpture Park,
Mundaring, Western Australia.
Sculpture Commissioned 1988
Title : Tourists in Mundaring
Artist : Stuart Elliott
Assisted by Visual Arts Board
of the Australian Council,
Shire of Mundaring
Mundaring Community Arts & Crafts Centre inc
History of the Tourists in Mundaring : Originally the "tourists"
were made from fibreglass but in 1989 vandals attacked them and subsequently they were removed and re-made as
bronze castings before being re-installed in 1990.