Art for the People
With the cooperation of his neighbours, Hilik Mirankar has made Queen Street Glebe his public gallery. His sculptures made of timber and reclaimed materials fill the small verandas of many of the worker’s cottages along the street. Some are works in progress that Hilik will return to re-work.
On the whole these works are respected and appreciation is shown in different ways. Someone incorporated a painting inside one of his works which Hilik enjoyed. And another time Hilik was delighted to discover a person had put a bowl of small change amounting to about $10 inside a sculpture.
I like the way bikes, bins and stuff coexist alongside the sculptures, making their presence feel necessary but not precious.