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Sculpture for Marion Mahony Griffin
architect, environmentalist and visionary
Marion Mahony Griffin Funding Request round 2

2021 is both the 150th anniversary of Marion Mahony’s birthday and the centenary of the creation of Castlecrag, planned by Marion and her husband Walter Burley Griffin as their “ideal suburb”.

To mark these occasions, the Walter Burley Griffin Society has commissioned a prominent artist to produce a dynamic contemporary sculpture to honour Marion, her visionary approach to art, design and architecture and her ambition to forge a better world through cultural, social and environmental advocacy.

Work on the sculpture has commenced and the sculpture will take pride of place in a new community park, being created by Willoughby City Council at the Castlecrag neighbourhood centre, which is planned to be opened in late 2021.

The Society announced the Marion Mahony Griffin Funding Request in November 2020 to help finance the sculpture. Following the successful completion of this round 1 that offered rewards, and the successful open houses day and outdoor photo exhibition, the Society is now pleased to announce in May 2021 a second round in which donors can claim a tax deduction for their donations.

Contribute

To make a tax deductible donation go to
https://australianculturalfund.org.au/
then click on “Architecture & Design”
then scroll down to
“A sculpture for Marion Mahony Griffin, architect, environmentalist and visionary”

Donations can be made anytime from now until early July 2021 and donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt from the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) which was established by the Australian Government in 2003 as a fundraising platform to encourage donations to the arts.

About the sculptor

Sandra Pitkin graduated with a BVA (hons) in sculpture and installation at Sydney College of the Arts. She exhibited widely with major works selected for Sculpture by the Sea with two awards for the Site Specificity and recently received an Australia Council for the Arts award for New and Innovative Work. She has fulfilled numerous commissions and her work has  been selected for many outdoor exhibitions including: The Woollahra Art Prize, North Sydney Art Prize, Swell Sculpture Festival, Harbour Sculpture 2017, Willoughby Sculpture Prize, Sculpture at  Macquarie University Gallery.

Sandra’s work is inspired by her interest in nature, science and the reciprocal connections between humanity and the living world. The sculpture’s design embraces and is representative of the prismatic geometry of Marion’s masterful design work and the organic fluid lines of her beautiful illustrations.

About the sculpture and the new park

Willoughby City Council is planning a new community pocket park at the Castlecrag shopping village. The contemporary sculpture being created by Sandra Pitkin is to be located in the park that we hope will be called Marion’s Park.

The sculpture will have an exciting presence and make an important contribution to the park’s place-making, and will redress the current imbalance of having two sculptures in Castlecrag to honour Walter Burley Griffin and none to honour Marion.

The sculpture, will create a greater awareness and appreciation of Marion Mahony Griffin, her vision and commitment to art, design, architecture, the community, the environment and the Australian landscape.

Please donate now

https://australianculturalfund.org.au/   

Marion Mahony, The Magic of America collection, New-York Historical Society. BV Griffin, Section 4: neg #71734

Concept elements of the sculpture and Sandra Pitkin at work on a previous sculpture