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89/261 Sculpture, 'Bridal Costume for an FJ Holden, discarded', fibreglass/steel, Margaret Dodd, New South Wales, Australia, 1987. Click to enlarge.

Sculpture, ‘Bridal Costume for an FJ Holden, discarded’ by Margaret Dodd

Made by Dodd, Margaret in Australia, Oceania, 1987.

This sculpture entitled ‘Bridal Costume for an FJ Holden’ represents the two most desired objects of the 1950s, to own a Holden car and to be a bride. It was cast in fibreglass from a full-size FJ Holden by the artist Margaret Dodd in 1987 and features flowers and a chicken wire veil adorning the roof and boot. The large gash torn in the driver’s side was made to represent the escaping bride.

Summary

Object No.

89/261

Object Statement

Sculpture, 'Bridal Costume for an FJ Holden, discarded', fibreglass/steel, Margaret Dodd, New South Wales, Australia, 1987

Physical Description

Car sized sculpture cast from an FJ Holden. Modelled in fibreglass over a steel frame, painted white. Features flowers and bridal veil, made from chicken wire, on the roof and boot. There is a large gash torn in the side to symbolise an escaping bride.

A small sculpture in the shape of a winged sphinx is used as a hood ornament. The car door handle is in the shape of a human hand on the left side of the object.

Marks

initialled and dated inside " MD / 87"
paper cut out adhered to inside body [information printed onto cut out relates to dictionary meaning for the word Sphinx]

Dimensions

Width

1800 mm

Depth

1650 mm

Production

Notes

Manufacture: The work was completed in 1987

History

Notes

"Bridal Costume" was completed in December 1987 as part of an international sculpture festival held on the NSW Central Coast. The festival, partly sponsored by the Bicentennial authority, attracted wide publicity, much of it centred on this object.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1989

Acquisition Date

20 March 1989

Cite this Object

Harvard

Sculpture, 'Bridal Costume for an FJ Holden, discarded' by Margaret Dodd 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 October 2019, <https://ma.as/94437>

Wikipedia

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