Clement Meadmore,
Awakening 1968
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gift Program by the Julliard Group 2012
TarraWarra Museum of Art collection
© Clement Meadmore. ARS/Copyright Agency, 2023
Photo: Mark Ashkanasy



A highlight of the Museum’s collection, Clement Meadmore’s lyrical outdoor sculpture Awakening, 1968, was originally commissioned for the AMP/St James plaza at the corner of Bourke Street and William Street in Melbourne. When the plaza was redeveloped in 2013, the sculpture was relocated to TarraWarra Museum of Art where it remains today as a permanent installation, sitting harmoniously within its new environment.

Made of Cor-ten steel, the work weighs over six tonnes and measures more than four metres in height and almost eight metres in length. Over time, this material develops a dark rust patina, which protects it from erosion. Meadmore was one of the first sculptors to work with Cor-ten steel, using it to create works which fuse elements of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism into twisting, serpentine forms which, despite their immense weight, convey an impression of effortless physical grace.

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