Brunswick's Saxon Lane ringing with new artwork (media release)

Saxon Lane Brunswick will welcome a new public artwork by artist and sculptor Anton Hasell, titled ‘Where We Have Come To’, with a launch on December 5.

Created from bronze, the sculpture is a bell-like instrument that can be struck to generate an encompassing sound that “binds all within its sonic perimeter”.

Moreland Mayor Cr Lambros Tapinos said the commissioning of public art work is an ongoing focus for Merri-bek which will be continued in 2020 with the return of the annual public art show MoreArt.

“Public art allows our community to come together through a shared appreciation of culture and creativity,” Cr Tapinos said.

“It also improves and uplifts the overall appeal of public areas to enhance the cultural and historical character of Merri-bek.”

The piece signifies multiculturalism and shows how communities are stronger through diversity.

Anton Hassel explains: “Bells have long enacted this radiating inclusion in community, and so it is my hope that this tubular bell can serve the community of Merri-bek toward greater feelings of communal wellbeing.”

Conveying the community’s shared experience of displacement and migration and how combined contributions shape Merri-bek’s identity, this theme is represented as a counter-twisted rope where the diversity of strands is what gives the piece strength.

The Merri-bek community are invited to attend the launch of ‘Where We Have Come To’ at 4-6pm on Thursday December 5, in Saxon Lane, the laneway beside the Brunswick Library, corner of Dawson and Sydney Road, Brunswick.

The celebration will include music that will bring the community together through sound.

Tubular bell in Brunswick's Saxon Lane
Anton Hasell's bell-like sculpture will reside in Saxon Lane Brunswick.