WANDERING down to the General Post Office, I was surprised to spot a rather tall sculpture attached to the wall of a building which forms one side of Post Office Square.
I was even more surprised to see that it had been put there in 1970. Now that escaped my attention for a few decades!
The attached plaque says: “This sculpture was created by Len Shillam and fixed to the building in 1970. It represents bankers and the industries they assist”.
It’s quite effective, giving a nod to both primary and manufacturing industries, in a 17-metre high cast aluminium work officially titled “The Banker” – a not surprising choice of title as it is was commissioned by the Westpac Bank for the wall of its building.
According to Judith McKay’s Brisbane Sculpture Guide: A Walk Around Public Sculpture in the City “The doric columns and entablature over the money-changer refer to the stability and antiquity of banking”.
A little research reveals that Leonard Shillam (1915-2005) was a founding member of the Queensland Society of Sculptors and the Queensland Wildlife Artists Society.
He received the Order of Australia in 1986 for services to sculpture and education.