Previous find of the month - 12/2008

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December 2008


 Statue of Ethos

Ethos by Tom Bass, is a free-standing copper figure holding aloft a bursting sun representing the emerging city's community and culture on a hexagonal bowl bearing a relief map of Canberra.  It is fixed to a circular concrete base in Civic Square outside the public entrance to the ACT Legislative Assembly (South Building).

It was commissioned in 1959 by the National Capital Development Commission with contributions from the Canberra Chamber of Commerce, the announcement of its construction receiving widespread publicity in several major newspapers.

The Age 1/10/1960:
Age 01/10/1960 - Article on Ethos

The Daily Telegraph 1/10/1960:
Daily Telegraph 01/10/60 - Article on Ethos

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Ethos was unveiled on the 15th of December 1961 by the Hon. Catherine Sidney. The following images show the program for the unveiling ceremony:

Ethos Unveiling Ceremony Program - Cover

Ethos Unveiling Ceremony Program - Page 1

Ethos Unveiling Ceremony Program - Page 2

Ethos Unveiling Ceremony Program - Page 3

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The Canberra Times 16/12/1961 reported on the unveiling:
Canberra Times 16/12/1961 - Ethos Article

For more works in Canberra by Tom Bass see National Capital Development Commission Works of Art in Canberra, published by the NCDC, Canberra, 1980.

Ethos Outside ACT Legislative Assembly Building

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