Sculptor Charles Robb has spent months living and working with one of Australia’s greatest military and civic leaders.
A leading portrait artist, Robb wrangled with just over half a tonne of clay to create a likeness of General Sir John Monash for the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of Hamel.
“We were constantly humbled and excited by the honour of being able to contribute – and to contribute in such an enduring way – to the way in which Monash is remembered,” Robb said.
“I’ve always been really interested in the language of public art, and particularly memorial art. And the thing that was constantly on our minds was what would Monash think? Would he be happy with this? Is this dignified? Is this suitable? Is this the way he would want to be remembered? And that’s a very different … and important set of questions than the more simple or straightforward questions about what works visually and sculpturally within a composition.”