Architectural Fragment

We’ve all seen it outside the State Library. At first, it’s what the hell is that? But after you pass it by enough times its just another eccentric design of Melbourne that happens to be a favourite of skaters.

It’s actually a sculpture design made out of Port Fairy bluestone called Architectural Fragment by Petrus Spronk. Designed in 1992 and unveiled in 1993 as part of the Swanston Walk Public Art Project, it is one of the most recognizable sculptures in Melbourne. The artist created his design to resemble the portico of the library sinking in to the pavement. Inspired by the the island of Pythagoras and Pythagorean theorem, the fragment is built in a 3:4:5 ratio.

Other recognizable works in the Swanston Walk project are the ornate bench across the street outside Unilodge and the three business men waiting for a tram on the corner of Bourke and Swanston Street.

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Petrus Spronk
Visit Victoria: Architectural Fragment

Picture by H4NUM4N

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