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The vision to elevate the Airport and provide a stimulating point of difference for people has led to the commissioning of a range of works by renowned artists. Managing Director, Stephen Byron said “Canberra Airport has set out from the beginning to show that an airport can be so much more than simply a piece of national transport infrastructure. Our program of commissioned public art is an important part of that approach”. There are currently eight pieces across the terminal, Brindabella Business Park and Majura Park  - with more to come. For a self-guided tour, please download the cityart app here.

 

 

 

 

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Brindabella Business Park

Susanne by Ante Dabro

Susanne by Ante DabroCroatian born Ante Dabro is one of Australia’s finest figurative sculptors. In his sculpture, as in his life, we find a respect for the form in space, especially the human figure. The well-known curator Peter Haynes, writes of him ‘Dabro is a champion of the hegemony of the figure. For him the figure in all its manifestations remains the most fertile and valuable source for the sculptor. The enormous variety and diversity of his own explorations in sculpture more than justifies his allegiances’.

Ante has created four inspiring sculptures that grace the Brindabella Business Park. The first of his works, ‘Susanne’, a more traditional sculpture resides by the water feature between 2 and 26 Brindabella Circuit.

The Dancing Lady/Ballerina by Ante Dabro

The Dancing Lady - BallerinaThe themes in his work are the long preoccupations of universal humanity: suffering, hope, sexuality, heroism, spirituality, the tensions in his work are the long preoccupations of European artistic endeavour: light to dark, solid to space, line to plane, sound to silence, Dionysis to Apollo.

The second sculpture in Brindabella Business Park, known as ‘The Dancing Lady’ or ‘Ballerina’ as Ante prefers to call her, takes pride of place in the Park’s main square.

The Bathers by Ante Dabro

The Bathers by Ante DabroThe third piece of Ante’s sculptures to grace the Park is the ‘The Bathers’, featuring two arresting female forms surrounded by water and positioned on the mantle to a Japanese style garden – a true masterpiece.

Genesis by Ante Dabro

Genesis-tight_cropAnte’s latest figurative piece, unveiled by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC and Canberra Airport Chairman Terry Snow in June 2009 is titled’ Genesis’. Located in front of 25 Brindabella Circuit, Brindabella Business Park, Dabro describes the piece as “a symphony of forms and echoes the beginning of time, sensing the site called for a composition of two”.

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Majura Park

Paper Plane by Jerko Starcevic

Jerko Starcevic Canberra AirportEssentially the paper plane concept has been used by the artist in this artwork to draw connection to the airfield activity in the area while communicating an environmental message.

Jerko’s expertise and craftsmanship has been instrumental in the delivery of most Urban Arts Projects (UAP) for more than 16 years. As head of UAP’s Patternmaking department, he oversees the initial stage of fabrication which includes the creation of artwork patterns for casting, prototyping, and ensuring a work’s artistic integrity. A sculptor in his own right, Jerko approaches art projects with a unique blend of sensitivity and pragmatism. Jerko’s most notable achievements include the KAUST International Art Program, feature artworks for National Gallery of Australia and pedestrian bridges for Westfield Sydney.