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Erwin Chlanda

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Alice Springs


v. 17 issue 23

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In the show her sister Emily Taheny joins her on stage for what Fiona describes as a couple of minutes of comedic riffing. This is also a return to roots as it was the show Fiona and Her Sister that launched her career. From Araluen she took it to the Melbourne Comedy Festival where she won the Barry Award for best newcomer. She credits this festival for the rich development of Australian stand-up comedy. She says Americans are blown away that Australian comedians write a whole new hour of material every year. Critics will give us leeway of only five to 10 minutes of old rope. If theres more than that, well get slaughtered. She used to worry about her inspiration drying up but, through a conversation a few years back with the singersongwriter Paul Kelly, she came to understand that comedy, like music, is an infinite well. As long as I keep my ears and eyes open and keep breathing in and out, it wont end ... unless I want it to. Proverbial sore thumb in the middle of an artwork. COMMENT by KIERAN FINNANE. Lights to enhance security on the streets 20 using solar power, 20 conventional have been installed around town at Northside Shops and around the CBD at Anzac Hill, Leichhardt Terrace, Wills Terrace, Stuart Park, Flynn Church, Todd Mall and the Civic Centre. Funded by the Australian and Territory Governments at a cost of $430,000, the locations for the lights were identified by the Town Council and the NT Police. The solar lights, featuring two 135kW PV collectors with sealed Gel batteries warranted for 10 years, provide a 57% energy saving compared to the standard street light while emitting the same amount of light. They also provide 126,000 additional lamp hours and five relamping savings. So, a good news story ... except for the placing of the solar light pictured, smack bang in the middle of the Gathering Garden, an artwork meant to be a showpiece for the council and the town, celebrating the achievements of Aboriginal artists of the central deserts. The work, the councils first foray into public art, was designed by Melbourne-based sculptor Julie Squires and Aboriginal artists Marie-Elena Ellis and Roseanne Ellis. Their contribution was not confined to the objects the coolamon-shaped seating, cast in bronze, bearing designs by Aboriginal artists from around the region, nor to the central water feature. The concept was for the whole space, with the groundplan based on a painting by the Ellis sisters. Just as it would be inconceivable to place any kind of foreign object onto the surface of a painting, so it should have been to place this light in the middle of the Gathering Garden space. I asked council if the Public Art Advisory Committee had been consulted over the placement. They havent been. Nor I presume have the artists. The public space is sacred. If it shows signs of being cared for with thoughtful attention and sensitive creativity, it will be loved. Our lives will be enhanced, happier and healthier. The town is endowed with a substantial number of people with design and artistic expertise. They should be brought into the centre of decision-making about interventions in the public space; ugly, expensive mistakes would be avoided and Alice Springs could begin to realise its potential to be one of Australias most beautiful towns. Be part of the design of the new town pool. A piece of your household or your life story could become part of a feature wall at the new Aquatic Centre. Local designer Elliat Rich has been commissioned by the Town Council to design and produce feature walls, one in the mens change room, one in the womens. Instead of working with new tiles, Rich saw the opportunity of bringing the community into the picture: shes asking people to donate one or two tiles and will develop her designs from there. She wants whole tiles (no broken shards), commercially produced for interior use, with right angles. But apart from that, the field is open. She wants to work with the sense of chance that will come from taking whatever comes through the door. The tiles dont have to be fancy, indeed shes hoping to get plenty of plain tiles as well, even standard whites and creams.

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