This work is a mixed assemblage with a music box movement inside. The work is made from a vintage Commonwealth Bank money box and plastic toys. On being wound from underneath, the music box plays while a gorilla dances with a tiny blond woman on his shoulder. The work is an affectionate homage to the (now) primitive mechanics of the 1933 classic film King Kong and his female companion played by Fay Wray. It is also an ironic take on the disasters of the financial institutions in recent events.
Courtesy of Damien Minton Gallery
vintage tin money box, plastic toys, music box, piano wire
16 x 9 x 6 cm
Judges of the 2010 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: John Kaldor AM (Principal of Kaldor Public Art Projects), Glenn Barkley (Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney) and Monica McMahon (Curator at University of Western Sydney).
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