How do you move a 13-tonne sculpture?

Lindy Lee's enormous $14 million sculpture ‘Ouroboros’ makes its way to Canberra with a police escort across three states.
woman in hi-vis vest standing inside sculpture. Lindy Lee

While the journey in many ways began in late 2021 – when artist Lindy Lee was commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) to create a signature sculpture for its 40th anniversary – that journey truly starts today.

Travelling approximately 1250 kilometres via oversized haulage vehicles, Lee’s Ouroboros will make its way with a police escort across three states, journeying from Brisbane – where the sculpture has been fabricated over the past two years by the UAP team in consultation with Lee – to its new resting place in front of the NGA.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina