1910-11-01, English, Article, Journal or magazine article edition: THE KING EDWARD MEMORIAL. (1 November 1910) Royal Institute of British Architects.

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THE KING EDWARD MEMORIAL. (1 November 1910)
 
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  • 679 words
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  • vra, Royal Victorian Institute of Architects., 1910-11-01
Language
  • English

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Title
  • THE KING EDWARD MEMORIAL. (1 November 1910)
Appears In
  • Journal of proceedings., no.1, 1910-11-01
Author
  • Royal Institute of British Architects.
Published
  • vra, Royal Victorian Institute of Architects., 1910-11-01
Physical Description
  • 679 words
  • article
  • illustration
  • Journals
  • Magazines
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  • Journal of proceedings.
  • 1 November 1910
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  • THE KING EDWARD MEMORIAL. |pagsEg|H|3| HE King Edward Memorial seems unlucky. In illSilllail our ast ' ssue we uttered a word of caution con-1111? -1111? cerning the location of the memorial amidst a iiiSi fitting environment. The art sub-committee, tSl3aßrealia which had been asked to suggest a suitable site or sites to the executive committee, has made its recommendations, tions, which we find are in accordance with the position we take, in strongly advising an architectural, rather than an “arboreal,” setting. the art sub-committee unanimously recommend a site on the steps of the old Treasury Building, facing down Collinsstreet, street, as the most suitable for the memorial, second and third sites suggested being (a) Parliament House steps, or (b) entrance to Alexandra Drive. If either of the first two is selected, it recommends commends the erection of a symbolical group, or, as an alternative, native, a bronze equestrian statue; but if the Alexandra Drive site is chosen, the memorial should take the form of an arch, surmounted by a symbolical group. The committee further recommends commends that designs be invited from Mr. Bertram Mackennal and Mr. Alfred Gilbert, though, if some other site were decided upon, it wishes to withdraw this recommendation. The report of the executive committee states that, as the art sub-committee’s tee’s report practically excludes from consideration any site in the open, among foliage or gardens, it had asked the art subcommittee committee to reconsider the recommendation in regard to the Immigrants’ Home site, in view of its special merits and advantages. tages. The art sub-committee, however, adhered to the original decision. After fully considering the report of the sub-committee, tee, the executive felt that the general merits of the Immigrants [Home Hoaic site, especially in connection with the other works to be carried out tnere, were sucn as to tar outweigii any technical objections that might be urged against it. the locality at present sent occupied by the women’s division of the immigrants’ Home was under promise to the City Council as part of tiie Queen’s Memorial Cardens. The Council had provided lor improvements. provements. the site had the unanimous vote of the executive committee, and it recommended that it be finally approved of. We observe that although the art members of the committee vigorously protested against the adoption of the executive committee’s mittee’s report, it was carried. Mr. Arthur Peck endeavoured to secure a postponement. Mr. F. H. Bruford wondered why the art committee had been appointed, if its report was to be ignored; whilst Mr. C. F. Summers said it was evident that the s.atue was to be an adjunct to the municipal decorations of Melbourne. bourne. There were too many two-penny-half-penny targets stuck about this city for the aggrandisement of the Council and Lord Mayors, and as a community we were entirely at the antipodes tipodes in regard to art. Mr. L. Bernard Hall, a few days later, wrote in the “Argus,” an article on “Amateur Inaptitude,” in which he dealt with the statement that an architectural background ground would dwarf the statue, and its converse, which was jocularly suggested by Lord Dudley at the Lord Mayor’s dinner, that perhaps the statue might dwarf the building. To mark time, it appears that the Agent-General has been asked “to furnish nish information as to symbolical groups on equestrian statues” —whatever that may mean—erected at home in memory of the late King, “in order that the advisability or otherwise of obtaining taining a replica” on the cheap—“may be considered.” Mr. Hall refers to this procedure as an amazing exhibition of amateur management in matters which are purely architectural. Our own opinion is that the architects are not anxious to act alone, but are quite willing to act along with a body of men engaged in the various branches of art. We hope, before final action is taken, that reason may be listened to, and that the monument to be erected may be an addition to the too scanty a list of the works of art in our city, and be a worthy monument worthily placed.
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