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Green garden sculpture



Margel Hinder


04 Jan 1906 - 29 May 1995


By the 1950s Margel Hinder had achieved a reputation as one of the most accomplished and committed of Australia's modern sculptors. Raised in America and familiar with European and American abstract developments before her arrival in Sydney in 1934, Hinder moved to the forefront of modernist activity in Sydney in the 1930s and 40s. Hinder worked in a variety of media including wood, metal and plastics and with a range of techniques, although she has consistently preferred carving. She was one of the few women artists in Australia who was involved in public commissions on a monumental scale. Hinder was concerned, not to relate her sculpture to nature or the figurative, but to resolve abstract conceptions and principles in three-dimensional forms, which could also give definition to her feelings. 'Green garden sculpture', constructed by building up sections of copper sheets in overlapping thicknesses, is a finely resolved complex of interlocking forms and space.

© Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2001




Media category


Materials used

laminated copper sheeting with copper alloy surface


91.5 x 51.0 x 49.0 cm

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1979


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Margel Hinder

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 6 publications


Ian Cornford, The sculpture of Margel Hinder, 'List of illustrations', pg. 6-7, Willoughby, 2013, 127, 130, 131 (colour illus.), 155.

Renée Free, Frank and Margel Hinder 1930 - 1980, 'Margel Hinder: Catalogue', pp. 56-61, Sydney, 1980, 59, 71 (illus.). M69

Ewen McDonald, AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 75 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce., Older Australian masters: an exhibition of works by major Australian artists executed in the later years of their careers, 'Preface', Sydney, 1991, (illus.). not paginated, no catalogue numbers

Barry Pearce, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Australian Art', pg. 5-26, Sydney, 1981, 15 (illus.). 15

Natalie Wilson, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Grace Crowley / Ralph Balson / Frank Hinder / Margel Hinder', pg. 88-103, Sydney, 2002, 102, 103 (colour illus.), 144, 147.