The Plinth Project is an artist-run public art program which utilises the empty plinth in Melbourne’s Edinburgh Gardens. The plinth was erected in 1901 to hold a wooden statue of Queen Victoria – commemorating her death, also ini 1901. Apparently the statue went missing in mysterious circumstances. More recently the plinth is host to an artists’ program – an alternative to traditional large-scale public commissions. Their website states that “We curate an ongoing program of short-term exhbitions that are temporary, provocative, and engaging for both art-going audiences and the picnicking public.
I first visited the beautiful and green Edinburgh Gardens to see the Plinth in August when Sarah CrowEST’s pink human-like blob stood resolutely, as if on its best behaviour. It was pink and apparently had stood at attention since May, going up against the best of Melbourne’s weather. In the process it had turned from white, with a pink streak, to an overall garish pink.