Australian Historical Art Fund & Heritage Government Residences

Moonbird, 1999

Inge King (1918-)
Cast bronze
Width: 220cm Height: 130cm Depth: 240cm

The Inge King sculpture, "Moonbird 1999" is a work cast in bronze and inspired by the notion of a bird and the moon. To quote King's biographer Judith Trimble: "King's geometric abstractions challenge the viewer to explore the formal relations of space in and around her work and to consider the figurative allusions made in her titles."


King (born 1918) is a highly respected late career sculptor who represents the post World War II movement of migrants to Australia. These post-war migrants brought with them important European artistic influences. King had a knowledge and experience of art in Europe, Britain and New York and she brought this knowledge to Australia in 1951, influencing Australian sculpture. This sculpture has been placed in the gardens of The Lodge in Canberra to celebrate the Centenary of Federation.

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