A giant little girl loomed over traffic and passers-by. Behind her was a scene of domestic detritus. What had she done? Sharper than a Serpent’s Tooth, a monumental artwork featured on the Republic Tower billboard at 529-541 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, continued Van Sowerwine’s examinations of childhood. Sowerwine’s characters with their doll-like appearance and large eyes convey cuteness, passivity and vulnerability. This harmless exterior belies a more sinister truth conveyed by the violence of a situation and stance.
OFF-SITE PROJECT: Republic Tower
Presented as part of the 2005 Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Commissioning Curator: Juliana Engberg
Project Coordination: Gabrielle de Vietri