Contemporary Landmark Sculpture
Big Yellow Taxi
Industrial coated #316 stainless steel
300x200x200cm
limited of 20

This yellow sculpture is here to welcome the spring.
Spring brings the hope that everything can begin again, and I want this sculpture to convey happiness and joy.
During the swinging 60’s there was a song called “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell. When I first heard this song, I felt uplifted, funky and happy, it would make me dance and laugh. But when I finally listened to the words, I realized that the song is actually about something very dark, it is about large corporations destroying nature, loss and regret.
In the late 1980’s corporate money wanted to tear down this Finger Wharf, protest and public opinion saved it and that is why it is still here today for all of us to enjoy.
The underlying meaning of this sculpture is that we should always say what we really think. Although we should find a way to say it with respect, we should raise our voice to defend what is precious to us.

Stephen Coburn 2018

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Big Yellow Taxi – 3m

Contemporary Landmark Sculpture
Big Yellow Taxi
Industrial coated #316 stainless steel
300x200x200cm
limited of 20

This yellow sculpture is here to welcome the spring.
Spring brings the hope that everything can begin again, and I want this sculpture to convey happiness and joy.
During the swinging 60’s there was a song called “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell. When I first heard this song, I felt uplifted, funky and happy, it would make me dance and laugh. But when I finally listened to the words, I realized that the song is actually about something very dark, it is about large corporations destroying nature, loss and regret.
In the late 1980’s corporate money wanted to tear down this Finger Wharf, protest and public opinion saved it and that is why it is still here today for all of us to enjoy.
The underlying meaning of this sculpture is that we should always say what we really think. Although we should find a way to say it with respect, we should raise our voice to defend what is precious to us.

Stephen Coburn 2018

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Artist // Sculptor
Stephen Coburn

born in Sydney in 1955. He achieved his School Certificate in 1971 at St Ives High School and his Higher School Certificate at Chiron College in 1977. After attending Hornsby Technical College from 1972 –73, he studied at East Sydney Technical College between 1974-78, gaining his Diploma of Art (Sculpture). During this time, he also played music and preformed as the bass player for the Pop group Mental as anything. He went on to further study at Canberra College of Advanced Education from 1980 –83, specializing in the conservation of paintings and fine art.

Coburn has also travelled extensively and has a diverse range of professional experience to his credit. In 1969-71 he lived in Paris and travelled to Italy, Spain, England Switzerland, Belgium and Holland. In more recent times he has also visited Indonesia, the United States of America, and made extensive trips around Australia.

After many years of concentrating on painting, having many solo exhibitions and exhibiting in numerous group exhibitions Coburn has returned to Sculpture. He exhibited at Sculpture By The Sea in 2002, 2007 and 2009. He had an exhibition based on the Hawkesbury River called the Deerubbin Series at the Depot Gallery Danks Street. Coburn describes his style as a balance between Human endeavour and Nature; there is an environmental theme through his work. This can be seen in his series “Revenge of the Roadkill” see

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1984     Coburn’s Creatures Café Boom Boom, Canberra ACT
1985     Coburn’s Creatures 2 Dorrett’s Gallery bistro, Canberra ACT
1986     People I Love & Fear Dorrett’s Gallery bistro, Canberra ACT
1988     Night & Day Galaxy Gallery Balmain Sydney NSW
1989     Every Day Life The Gallery Café Surry Hills Sydney NSW
1991     Highway Series Ralston Purina International St. Louis MO. USA
1992     Highway Series 2 POD Gallery Darlinghurst Sydney NSW
1993     Highway Series 3 Studio Annandale Sydney NSW
1994     Anzac Bridge Series Studio Annandale Sydney NSW
1995     Anzac Bridge Series 2 Studio Annandale Sydney NSW
1996     Anzac Bridge Series 3 Studio Annandale Sydney NSW
1997     Central Australia Series 1 Studio Annandale Sydney NSW
1998     Central Australia Series 2 Studio Annandale Sydney NSW
1999     Flinders Ranges Series Sydney Art Gallery Ultimo Sydney NSW
2000     Central Australia Series 3 Studio Annandale Sydney NSW
2001     Central Australia Series 4 Studio Annandale Sydney NSW
2002     Studio Show Studio Annandale Sydney NSW
2005     Deerubbin Series Depot Gallery Danks Street Waterloo NSW
2006     The Landship Gallery Headland Mosman
2014     The Mavericks of Gravity Syndicate At Danks 2 Danks St Waterloo NSW
2014     Represented by ARTPark Australia

 GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1977     Collectors Exhibition Ann Von Burtough Gallery Newcastle NSW
1983     Unesco Exhibition Telecom Tower Canberra ACT
1985     Nine by Five Exhibition Ben Grady Gallery Canberra ACT
1986     Kingston Artspace Exhibition Ben Grady Gallery Canberra ACt
1987     Canberra Art Workshop Exhibition Gallery 41 Canberra ACT
1988     Aboriginal Coalition Art Show Bondi Pavilion Sydney NSW
1989     New Art 1989 Sydney BMG Fine Art Paddington Sydney NSW
Artists for Wildlife Australian Museum Sydney NSW
Opening Show The New Gallery BMG Rushcutters Bay Sydney NSW
1990     Art St.Louis MO. USA
1993     Young Artists Exhibition Wagner Art Gallery Paddington Sydney NSW
1994     St. Joseph’s Art Exhibition Hunters Hill Sydney NSW
1995     The Sight of Music Maudespace Sydney NSW
Ironsides Art Auction Powerhouse Museum Sydney NSW
Its About Time Graduation Exhibition Ivan Dougherty Gallery Sydney NSW
1996     It’s A Guitar Shaped World II Tamworth City Gallery NSW
1997     Amnesty International Mask Exhibition Art Gallery of NSW Sydney NSW
1998     Out of Australia Contemporary Paintings in Shanghai China
1999     Mental As Anything Exhibition Wollongong City Gallery Wollongong NSW
2000     It’s A Guitar Shaped World VI Tamworth City Gallery NSW
2001     Mosman Art Prize Mosman Regional Art Gallery Mosman NSW
Harmonic Visions I Tamworth City Gallery Tamworth NSW
2002     New England Art Prize New England Art Museum Armidale NSW
Sculpture By The Sea Bondi Beach Sydney NSW
2003     Harmonic Visions II Tamworth City Gallery Tamworth NSW
2004     Humane Society Extinction Denied Exhibition Arthouse Hotel
2005     Humane Society Extinction Denied Exhibition Arthouse Hotel
2006     NAS – WORTH FIGHTING FOR! Sydney Artworld
Casuarina Sculpture Walk Sculpture in the Vineyards.
2007     Sculpture in the Vineyards Hunter Valley
Sculpture by the Sea Bondi
Art in the Open, Landship Gallery, Mosman
2008     Utes in the Paddock, Utah NSW
Middle Head Artists, ArtHouse Hotel, Pitt Street Sydney
Sculptures in the Garden, Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney
Soil to Sea, Borrodell Gallery, Orange
2009     Utes in the Carrington, Katoomba NSW
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi NSW
Bell Gallery, Berrima NSW
Gallery 207, Northbridge NSW
Landship Gallery, Mosman NSW
2010     Bell Gallery, Berrima NSW
2011     The Spirit of the Land Sculpture Prize Lockhart NSW
2011     McWilliams Wines Sculpture Prize Griffith NSW
2011 – 2016 Soho Galleries and ARTPark Sculpture Exhibitions
 

COMMISSIONS

1989     Hyatt Hotel Coolum Queensland
1985     John Ford Collection St. Louis MO. USA
1995     Corporate Collections Australia and International
1999 onwards –  private commissions in Australia

 

 

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