Review

Celebrating Dean Bowen's child-like exuberance

By Sasha Grishin
May 6 2022 - 2:00pm
Dean Bowen's Lady with Flowers (2011) being installed in Gungahlin. Picture: Supplied

Nitty-Gritty: The sculpture of Dean Bowen by Andrew Stephens, Australian Scholarly Publishing, 232pp, $110

In Canberra, in Petrie Plaza, Civic, stands a very large bronze sculpture, simply titled, The Big Little Man (1999). Erected in 2008, this was Dean Bowen's first large sculpture. The title is a pun referring to its predecessor, The Little Man (1997), measuring 31.5 by 27.5 centimetres, that in the Civic work has been blown up to 215 by 198 centimetres and produced in an edition of three.

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