Sydney CBD is home to numerous statues that spread to the whole of the metropolis. These works of art by world-renowned sculptors are viewed as important artistic legacies of colonial medieval times as well as contemporary works of our modern time.
We have gathered five of the most ‘unconventional’ statues in Sydney that are seen in every nook and corner of the robust streets and roads of the metropolis.
These two standouts at the grounds of the Royal Botanical Garden are replicas of Antonio Canova’s famed marble works in the Vatican Museum.
The story behind the two boxers, Kreugas and Damoxenos, was that both are in a pugilistic match in an arena in Nemea where Kreugas won the battle even though he died at the end due to Damoxenos stabbing him.
Both sculptures have been in the area since 1880 and have been one of the most photographed structures inside the clandestine garden.
The Lady of Commerce
Along Pitt Street one structure is unarguably unnoticed by passers-by and pedestrians due to its eccentric beauty, The Lady of Commerce. Standing on a pedestal which reads “56 Pitt Street”, the statue reflects the very essence of the edifice where it was positioned, The Royal Exchange Building.
The Royal Exchange written in Australian historical books is considered one of the oldest and most respected institutions in the state of NSW was established in 1851.
The Lady of Commerce was sculpted by James White in the year 1899.
Water, Fire and Earth
On the vast grounds of the Hyde Park facing Elizabeth Street is an iconic piece of art made of sandstone. This statue representing water, fire and earth in a linear three-piece are like totem poles made of sandstone fixed together. The artistic depiction of the three elements of life enhances further the beauty of the famous park.
The sandstone statue is a work of contemporary Australian artist Gerard Havekes, who died last year. This creative artwork is one of his most coveted pieces, and definitely accords long time legacy to his name.
Alongside the beauty of Darling Harbour in Cockle Bay Wharf, is a unique masterpiece of Australian artist Terrance Plowright, who is also known for other creative pieces such as the Wings of Spirit and Aqua-Helix. These bronze statues encircling numerous water fountains are creatively done to capture the beauty of the uniquely Australian bird in their mating dances.
The overall look of the masterpiece parallels the exceptional view of Darling Harbour, giving a more intricate feel of the whole area.
The Italian word for piglet is the name of the porcine bronze fountain outside of the Sydney Hospital. This replica of the Florence original boar statue is believed to make someone lucky once the snout is rubbed by the person who made a wish.
This exceptional statue is one of the most visited structures near Martin Place as well as the most photographed structure for visitors and tourists.
These five unconventional works of art depicting mystical structures are a beauty to behold, not just for their creative flair, but more so for their stories which they tell.