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NGA unveils giant melting wax candle sculpture

The NGA’s latest major acquisition, Francesco 2017, is four-metre high wax sculpture, and is artist Urs Fischer’s most significant work acquired for a public collection in Australia. Image supplied.

The National Gallery of Australia has earlier this month revealed its latest major acquisition, Francesco 2017, by leading artist Urs Fischer.

The four-metre high wax sculpture is his most significant work acquired for a public collection in Australia.

The work of art was conceived as a wax candle portrait in a pose capturing an intense connection to a mobile phone – a familiar and uncomfortable reminder of the common obsession with phones and technology.

Inside the head are candle wicks which are lit and, over time, result in the sculpture’s disfigurement and collapse.

The work will be lit each week over six months and, when fully melted, will be recast to its original form.

Women in comedy telling their stories

Like never before, women’s voices are being heard loud and clear across the globe and journalist/stand-up comedian Joanne Brookfield’s brand new book No Apologies: Women in Comedy Claiming their Space, Finding their Voices and Telling their Stories is set to keep that conversation going.

As the Canberra Comedy Festival fires up, several of the women featured in the book, namely Steph Tisdell, Mandy Nolan, Zoe Coombs Marr and Anne Edmonds, will be in town performing.

To be released 1 April, No Apologies is comprised of interviews with 60 high achieving women in comedy.

The book also includes insights from with women who work behind the scenes, and will be available at numerous brick and mortar and online book stores.

The power of beauty to forge new environmental perspectives

Craft ACT’s two new exhibitions, opening tonight, seek to explore and provoke thought on how we can better understand the complex relationships between humans and the natural environment.

Dynamic new work across a variety of mediums that cover a range of topics will be exhibited.

Cupped Hands, by Vicky Shukuroglou and Simon Cottrell, is a result of their residency at the Australian National Botanic Gardens and Ready-Cut Cottage in Namadgi National Park.

The acclaimed Artist-in-Residence program is the result of a decade-long partnership between ACT Parks and Conservation and Craft ACT.

The other exhibition, I thought I heard a bird, considers our everyday interactions with urban birds using birdwatching as an imaginative pivot.

The exhibition brings together six artists from across Australia and a local project by American architect Joyce Hwang.

Cupped Hands and I thought I heard a bird will be displayed at Craft ACT, Civic from today, 21 March to 11 May.

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