Her Excellency the Hon Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW and Mr Dennis Wilson visited the College on 10 August. The Hon Andrew Bell, President of the Court of Appeal (in College 1985-89 and Fellow 2004-11) brought them to the College especially to show Her Excellency and Mr Wilson the monumental sculpture in the Third Quad by Japanese-Australian artist Ayako Saito. Andrew commissioned this sculpture, “Heaven’s Door”, as his gift to the Shape Tomorrow building appeal and this is the major artistic installation in the College grounds today. Her Excellency was reminded of her 2016 visit to speak at the College’s Law Dinner when she was President of the Court of Appeal. Andrew Bell is her successor in this role.
The Governor’s interest in public art stems from a proposal to install sculpture in the grounds of Government House Sydney. Art has always had an impact and contemporary art in public spaces becomes the heritage of the future.
The College’s art collections include four significant outdoor sculptural works and 33 paintings and other works hanging throughout the College amongst our exhaustive collection of minor works on paper and photography in the College Archives. The Governor also toured Graduate House, spoke to a number of students and took special interest in the Refectory fresco by celebrated Australian artist Gary Shead.
The sculpture in the College grounds are art that pushes the boundaries and is vitally important in influencing the students living here and ultimately contributing to the development of the cultural life of Australia.
For the first time in living memory an incumbent State Governor took afternoon tea at the Warden’s Lodge.
Pictured: The Warden, The Hon Andrew Bell, the Governor and Mr Wilson alongside “Heaven’s Door” in the Third Quad