Queen Victoria, December 2012

Late last year, three of us decided that poor old Queen Victoria was overlooked and lost amongst the busy traffic and domineering buildings surrounding Victoria Square, Adelaide.  She clearly needed a new party dress right in time for the lighting of the giant christmas tree.  Happily, and maybe even surprisingly, Adelaide City Council gave us the go ahead – after first getting the okay with Heritage and the Monarchist’s League.  Most people responded really well to her new gown, others thought it offensive?! The funniest (and weirdest) thing was going on site to take a look, quietly standing back and watching the dozens of people stopping to photograph and point, discussing her outfit with friends.  She wore her lovingly crafted dress well on into January.  Until the end of last month, the piece was also exhibited in the front window of the Sturt Street Community Centre in the city.

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About Melanie

Artist with penchant for art history. Knit-addicted maker of things. Finished a phD thesis on eighteenth-century art. Love for mythology, folklore, music, stories, the trivial, random and accidental. I frequently contradict myself.
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