Last night I attended the official launch of the Pink Pigeons of Melbourne art installation hosted by the artist, a good friend of mine, Omega Goodwin at the ever popular Brunetti’s in City Square.
The fiberglass pigeons were installed over the weekend by Omega and several helpers on one of the larger trees in City Square which sits just beside The Westin Hotel on the corner of Collins and Swanston Streets. Omega sculpted over 200 of the hot pink pigeons, 50 of which are nesting on the tree in the square, while the rest will be scattered throughout the surrounding CBD area.
The idea came to Omega as the onset of winter approached to brighten up the endlessly dreary and grey days of a Melbourne winter, inspired by their grace and form despite the general Melburnian consensus that pigeons are the ‘rats of the sky’.
The Pink Pigeons of Melbourne installation is part of the City of Melbourne’s Arts Grant Program, an annual grants program which encourages young artists across the city to create unique and beautiful art work for the city and its proud citizens.
Being temporarily part of the Melbourne’s art scene made me feel chic and trendy as cute waiters dressed with hot pink scarves or ties waltzed around the launch with hors d’oeuvres, pink champagne and wine. Brunetti’s put on a fantastic spread for the artist with its infamous Italian hot chocolate and presented everyone with bonbonerie. Hosts for the night were Joy FM 94.9FM Thursday Breakfast Team.
The hot pink pigeons will be nesting in City Square and the CBD for approximately a month before they fly off. The pigeons were also seen across Spain and the UK as part of a photography project undertaken by Omega and partner Kevin. Photography of the pigeons across Europe will on exhibition at Brunetti’s City Square for a month and is available for purchase as are the fiberglass pigeons themselves.
Those interested in purchasing any photography or a pigeon can contact Brunetti’s who will direct you to Omega.
For more info about the installation:
There is beauty in everything: Pink pigeons of happiness land in CBD
Coo de gras - pink pigeons for our parks