New artwork for the Canberra Airport as another gets a freshen up
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New artwork for the Canberra Airport as another gets a freshen up

The Canberra Airport is resembling more and more a high-end art gallery and managing director Stephen Byron makes no apologies for that.

The sculpture Unattended by Sian Watson will be on display at the Canberra Airport from October 10 to 28 as part of Contour 556.

The sculpture Unattended by Sian Watson will be on display at the Canberra Airport from October 10 to 28 as part of Contour 556.

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He has previously declared: “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”.

The latest sculpture to find a place at the airport is by up and coming Canberra artist Sian Watson. She uses animals as motifs to explore themes such as migration and urbanisation.

Her sculpture Unattended will be displayed against a wall of windows in the airport's main terminal from October 10 to 28 as part of the Contour 556 public art festival.

The festival will feature artworks and performances by 60 artists, mainly in the public spaces and cultural icons around Lake Burley Griffin. The name of the festival refers to the "metric-equivalent of Lake Burley Griffin's water level".

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Meanwhile, the now iconic kinetic sculpture, Journeys by Phil Price, is expected to make a return to the entrance of the airport soon.

Phil Price's artwork Journeys is currently in pieces in a hangar at the airport.

Phil Price's artwork Journeys is currently in pieces in a hangar at the airport.

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It is currently in pieces in a hangar at the airport, getting a freshen up after being battered by the elements.

The artwork is being "refurbished by a specialist, carbon-fibre artisan and repainted'', ready to be put back on display.