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Sculpture - 'Dozing at the Lean To - The Invalid Digger', Mr Leon Wolowski, Clay, 1983 Object Reg. No: SH 000122

Sculpture 'Dozing at the Lean To - The Invalid Digger', created by Mr Leon Wolowski in 1983. 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 19th 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.
Clay sculpture of a man on a rectangular base. The man is seated on the ground in front of a lean to against which rests a shovel and pick. The man is dressed in long pants, heavy boots, one of which is off and lays on the ground next to him, a long sleeved shirt and hat. The man is resting his head on one hand. There is a dog wriggling under his arm and a billy can sits next to the man on his other side.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr & Mrs Leon & Alina Wolowski, 2000
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 28 cm (Height), 32 cm (Width), 35 cm (Length)
Weight: 6.54 kg (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Digger 21 H,. Back of base 35 L; Front of Base 19 L. Loose Pieces: Bird.

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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. 83
Maker: Mr Leon Wolowski, Victoria, Australia, 1983
Place Used: Victoria, Australia, 1983
References: Images of the Pioneers, Sculptures by Leon Wolowski.

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