Canberra Centenary Column
|Location||City Hill, Canberra|
|Material||Stainless steel, granite, glass|
|Width||5 metres (16 ft)|
|Height||8.5 metres (28 ft)|
The sculpture is an 8.5-metre (28 ft) stainless steel obelisk on a 5-metre-wide (16 ft) granite-dressed concrete base. The top of the base is inlaid with glass tiles and has a steel covering etched with images depicting Canberra's 100-year history. It was designed by local artist Geoff Farquhar-Still. The design was inspired by the "Commencement Column" that was proposed to have been built when Canberra was founded, but was never completed.[a]
Encased in the base is a time capsule containing one hundred objects, both symbolic and mundane. The time capsule is intended to be opened in 100 years, during Canberra's bicentenary. The ACT Heritage Library and the National Film and Sound Archive have catalogues of the capsule's contents, and copies of some of the items.
- The Commencement Column was to have been built on three foundation stones that were laid in 1913 to mark the founding of Canberra. The column was never constructed; the foundation stones have since been moved, and are included on the Commonwealth Heritage List.
- h (2014-06-13). "Canberra Centenary Column". artsACT. ACT Government. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
- "Canberra's first 100 years sealed in centenary time capsule". ACT Government. 2014-04-10. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
- Jane Easthope (2013-12-13). "Questions and Answers about the Canberra Centenary Column and Time Capsule". Canberra CBD Limited. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
- David Ellery (2014-03-11). "Centenary column ticks off some unfinished business for Canberra". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
- "Commencement Column Monument (Place ID 105347)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment.
- Louise Maher (2014-03-11). "Time capsule sealed inside Canberra's new Centenary Column". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
- Stephen Easton (2014-03-11). "Monumental end to Centenary". Canberra CityNews. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
- Launch of the Canberra Centenary Column. YouTube. 2014-03-11. Event occurs at 2:20.
- "HMSS 0375 Canberra Centenary Time Capsule". ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collections. ACT Government. 2014-05-29. Retrieved 2014-10-12.