Gold Head Public Artwork
In January 2020 a mysterious gold headed statue appeared in All Nations Park in Northcote under cover of darkness, much to the delight of local residents and traders. The statue was knocked over shortly after, and has been in storage, under the care of Darebin Council since. In the following weeks, two more gold heads appeared in the same location, and were also removed due to insecure footings.
After great deliberation around what should become of these statues, Council engaged a panel public art specialists to provide their expert advice. The public arts panel convened in March, and recommended the original Golden Head statue should be reinstalled in All Nations Park as a temporary artwork for a 12 month period. After a social media campaign calling for the mystery artists to make contact with Council officers, we were delighted to have the anonymous artists engage with us on this process and assisting the panel in their decision-making process.
The Art & Collections team has since been working hard to coordinate the safe reinstallation of the statue, including the development of engineering reports, secure footings, and appropriate signage. We’re delighted to announce that Gold Head #1 has been returned to the public sphere on Thursday 25 June 2020, for the enjoyment of our community. The reinstallation process has been video-documented, and a short film about the project can be viewed here.
25 June - 1 July, 2021
All Nations Park, Northcote, VIC 3070