Tom Bass

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Bass in conversation at the National Library of Australia

8th September, 2008

The end of August (2008) represented a hectic time for Tom Bass as he attended the official unveiling of Cootamundra’s Captains’ Walk (Stage II) and Bradman Dinner.  In between the events Bass presented a fascinating discussion on the National Library ‘Lintel Sculpture (1967-68) commissioned by the National Capital Development Commission (NCDC) for the National Library of Australia.

With Genevieve Carson, Bass reflected on the enormity of the project and his collaborator Kevin Goodridge.  Through images taken by Max Dupain and Kevin Goodridge – Bass was able to convey the method of construction and installation.

Coupled with some wonderful witty moments, the evening was concluded with a moving musical tribute to Bass’ in honour of his iconic Canberra sculpture ‘Ethos’ (1959-61).  Performed by ‘A Chorus of Women’ – musical arrangement by Dr Glenda Cloughley the performance included a solo by Judith Clingan AM.