An identical safe engraved with the words 'Safe Art' was made in Sydney in 1980 by the artist with the CMI Safe Company. 'Safe art' was included in significant exhibitions in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney in the early 1980s. In 1989 'Safe art' was donated by the artist to the Art Gallery of NSW where it was subsequently mislaid. 'Unsafe art' was commissioned from the artist in 2015.
Richard Tipping, 2015
steel, enamel, aluminium, die-cast alloy satin finished, 20 cent coin, 35mm black and white photograph scanned and printed digitally on archival paper
dimensions variable :
a - base; 55 x 51.3 x 47.9 cm; sheet
b - safe; 63.5 x 48.3 x 50.8 cm
c - photograph; 90 x 78.4 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. verso [part c], inscribed black fibre-tipped pen "Richard Tipping/ ... 1980/ .../ .../ printed 2015 ...".
Gift of the artist 2015
Not on display
© Richard Tipping
Referenced in 1 publication
John Saxby (Editor), Look, 'The art that made me: Richard Tipping', pg. 14-15, Sydney, Oct 2016, 14.