Whitlam Square Canberra

The Whitlam Square Canberra proposal was initiated by a CCDP grant that aimed to explore sculptures in both Sydney and the Capital City dedicated to the series of laws passed during the Labor government of 1972 – 1975.

The project has been undertaken as a collaboration with scenographer Benedict Anderson and furniture designer Adam Goodrum.

Between 1972 and 1975 two intrinsically linked mechanisms forged a series of ground braking legislations. Democracy took action, transferring societies new demands to government representation; provoking the levers of a government issued typewriter to etch societal change.

The proposed monument pays a silent homage to Gough Whitlam, Lionel Murphy and Charles Coman – linking them as a leadership and to the greater Australian society with whom they co-authored the series of Acts and actions. Formed by both the triangle and the circle, the sculpture is positioned within Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle where its typewriter-like blades frame the High Court of Australia, Commonwealth Place and the Australian War Memorial. A symbol illustrating yesterdays mechanisms of law, todays society that it created, the three men who actioned it and but a few of the key civil institutions that it effected.