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Sculpture - 'Time for a Gamble', Mr. Leon Wolowski, Clay, 1984 Object Reg. No: SH 000123

Summary:
Sculpture 'Time for a Gamble', created by Mr. Leon Wolowski in 1984. Leon arrived in Australia from Poland in 1949. When he retired in 1975 he took up sculpting. His works fall into two main categories, both of which depict ways of life which have long since disappeared. One of these is a collection of sculptures depicting the life of Jews in a Shtetl in Poland. The other group is 'The Australian Pioneers'. This topic was chosen because it too represents a way of life that no longer exists.

This sculpture forms part of Leon's Australian Pioneers collection, which illustrates the shared experiences of 'The Australian Pioneers' of the nineteenth century. The collection includes images of men working on the goldfields, men living and working in the bush, a convict and interaction between Aborigines and whites. Many of the sculptures depict life in the bush illustrating the theme of rural Victoria. Others show images of the working lives of men and women on the gold fields.
Description:
Clay sculpture of four men on a rectangular base. The men are all dressed in long pants, heavy boots, long sleeved shirts and battered hats. The met are seated in a circle, the first man sits on a tree stump and holds his face in his hands, the second is leaning against a swag, the third sits cross legged on the ground and holds a cup in one hand, the fourth man is also seated cross legged and has one hand resting on the ground. There is a billy can hanging on a pole behind the first and fourth men.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr & Mrs Leon & Alina Wolowski, 2000
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 23 cm (Height), 37 cm (Width), 42 cm (Length)
Weight: 16.10 kg (Weight)

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Tagged with: artworks, immigration, australiana, artistic practices, sculpture, artists, polish communities, polish immigration
Themes this item is part of: Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: sculpture
Inscriptions: On base of sculpture: L.W. 84
Maker: Mr Leon Wolowski, Victoria, Australia, 1984
Place Used: Victoria, Australia, 1984
References: Images of the Pioneers, Sculptures by Leon Wolowski.

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