City of Yarra

Community Arts & Cultural Development

A Molly Meldrum statue for Richmond

Molly Meldrum is without doubt
an icon of Australian music. At the
request of his friends and supporters,
Yarra Council will commission a statue
to celebrate Melbourne’s much-loved
music legend.

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A world renowned music journalist and TV presenter Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum has lived in Richmond for decades; his house is often a public display of his interest in Egyptology and sport.

This statue will celebrate Molly’s passion for the arts and recognise his contribution to Australian music culture that has inspired generations past and present. It is proposed that the ‘life-sized’ statue of Molly will be included in Yarra Council’s Arts and Heritage Collection.

The statue will be sculpted by Louis Laumen, who trained at the Victorian College of the Arts in the 1980s and has since been commissioned by various organisations―including government bodies, churches and sporting groups―to create a large range of public sculptures, statues and memorials.

Laumen is a Melbourne-based artist who works primarily in bronze using the lost-wax process. He spends about 500 hours on each of his sculptures and has created statues and sculptures of many important figures including: Blessed Mary MacKillop; Sir Douglas and Lady Gladys Nicholls; Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop; and a suite of 10 statues for the MCG―to name only a few.

The sculpture will be cast by Meridian Sculpture Founders in Fitzroy, which is the largest and oldest bronze-casting foundry in Melbourne.

Laumen’s sculpture of Melbourne’s much-loved music legend, Molly Meldrum will be located at Wangaratta Reserve in Richmond, an appropriate site, close the Corner Hotel live music venue. There are various opportunities to site the statue in a sympathetic setting at this location, with appropriate signage and seating and to also include a mural of Molly on a nearby wall.

Council hopes to raise $110,000 for the fabrication and installation of the bronze Molly statue and the wall mural.

The City of Yarra is an inner metropolitan municipality of Melbourne which is home to a diverse community of about 86,500 people. About 19.5km2 in size, Yarra takes in the suburbs of Abbotsford, Burnley, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Cremorne, North Carlton, Fitzroy, North Fitzroy, Richmond and parts of Alphington and Fairfield.

Our vision is for arts and culture to be integrated into our City so that it can be an everyday experience that is enjoyed by all of our community; whether as makers, audience members or participants.

Council takes our role as a leader and custodian for Yarra’s creative community seriously and recognises the value of the creative identity that has developed in our City over the past decades. This is something that defines what our City is and is a priority area for Council action. Arts and cultural activities are valuable to our community and to those who live, work in and visit our City. Arts and culture are fundamental to a society that prides itself on diversity. Freedom of expression, experimentation and critical dialogue are invaluable and must be supported.

The Wurundjeri-willam people of the Kulin Nation are the Traditional Owners of the land that is now known as the City of Yarra and Council recognises them as the custodians of the cultural heritage of this land.

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The Pratt Foundation

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Seven Network Operations Limited

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Corner Hotel

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Mark Ireland

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Sony Music Entertainment

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Sony Music Entertainment

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Jayco

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Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd

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The Fox Family Foundation

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Mushroom Group/Frontier Touring

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Nine Network

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Ralph Carr Management

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