University of Sydney receives $1.4 million sculpture - Art Collector

Sydney University

The University of Sydney has just received a $1.4 million Andrew Rogers sculpture titled Individuals, the most significant gift of sculpture by a living artist in Australia.

The Melbourne-based artist donated the work to the University through the Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

University of Sydney Vice Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said of the donation: “This is an extraordinary gift to the University. It takes a visionary artist to understand and appreciate the intersection between art and academic endeavour.

Individuals is doing more than enhancing the beauty of our campus; it acts as a driver of deeper thinking and reflection for our students and staff.”

The work, which comprises 15 sculptures of differing heights of up to three and a half meters, is now located outside the new Faculty of Law building at the Camperdown campus. It was first exhibited in New York during 2013 at the gateway to the United Nations and at the time was one of the largest installations of bronze cast forms to be installed in New York.

On his sculpture, Rogers explains: “
Individuals is a metaphor for the inseparable relationship between singularity and community. We are all individuals possessing the sanctity of a singular life and the ability to express ourselves. At the same time we are part of the society within which we live.”

Emily Cones-Browne

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