Leonard French, The Four Seasons

Leonard French, ‘The Four Seasons

The recently conserved sculpture The Four Seasons by renowned Australian artist Leonard French is looking for a new home on the Melbourne Campus.

Conservation work on The Four Seasons suite of glass mosaics located under the David Myers Building has made evident that the current location for the works are not suitable for its long term viability. To ensure this iconic artwork continues to grace the grounds of La Trobe University well into the future, work will immediately commence to find a new, safer location.

The sculpture was recently featured in ‘Variations on Leonard French’ at soundvision on 18 November. The art performance was a collaboration between composer Tamil Rogeon and filmmaker Paul W Rankin, celebrating 50 years of La Trobe University through art, film and music.

The La Trobe Art Institute is working closely with University divisions to rehome the work on the Melbourne campus, ensuring it continues to play its important role in the cultural life of the campus. Leonard French and his work has a significant place in the history of the University and we wish to continue celebrating the artist’s contribution to La Trobe. The process of rehoming will include careful consideration of many factors, including ongoing preservation and visibility.

The Four Seasons will be deinstalled from its current location at the end of November.

The University holds a number of works by Leonard French in the Collections, including paintings, drawings, and another magnificent glass sculpture the Glass Mandala which is located in the Chancellery. In 1977 La Trobe University awarded French with a Doctor of Letters for his contribution to the Arts; and in June 2017, included his paintings in the University’s highly successful 50th anniversary exhibition Revealing Identity: the Collections of La Trobe University at Bendigo Art Gallery.

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