Dale Hardiman + ACV Studio: Pin #3 Laura McCusker
Materials: Brass, Elm
Dimensions: 117(l) x 29(w) mm
Friends are a collection of pins designed and made by ACV Studio from conversations and materials shared with Dale Hardiman from other creative friends from Tasmania and greater Australia.
The Friends pins are a reminder that although during COVID we have been physically separated, we are a supportive community of creative practitioners. The pins can be worn day-to-day, or during video calls as a symbol of sharing and community during isolation.
"‘He was last seen on Elizabeth Street carrying the chainsaw’ (ABC News, 2005) This Elm was planted in Franklin Square, Hobart Town in around 1855, near a bronze statue commemorating Tasmanian Premier and doctor William Crowther. Amongst other things, Crowther is noted for mutilating the remains of William Lanne, a Tasmanian Aboriginal, in 1869. 150 years later the elm was cut down in an act of vandalism…or protest, depending on your point of view. The statue of Crowther still stands. ‘This memorial may remind future generations that even monuments may perish, but deeds - good or bad - never die’ (Launceston Examiner, 1889)."
~ Laura McCusker
Photo credit: courtesy of the artist; Emily Dimozantos, 2021.