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Alex Seton Proposal for a humble monument

Molong marble

120 x 85 x 75 cm

There is no place for ‘humble’ in public space, particularly in marble monuments. Public spaces represent our shared values. Those change constantly. Isn’t it time we considered a humble monument? Something with a little more humility, something that acknowledges our imperfection – that we have gotten it wrong, and will get it wrong again, that we are constantly evolving, constantly learning.

The kneeling figure contained in the block is made from an old hand-picked piece of Australian Molong marble that sat in a quarry yard for years, used as the recalibration weight to check the accuracy of their scales.

Alex Seton, 2020