Bankstown | Alan Ingham


Bankstown Public Art | Alan Ingham

Alan Ingham

I remember laughing when I first saw this sculpture. Then, and for a year afterwards, I believed the sculpture was flipping the bird. During research to learn more about it I learnt it was simply a great angle and the woman, representative of Botany, is in fact holding up a plant.

The sculpture is a tribute to Sir Joseph Banks with whom Bankstown was named after and his lifelong dedication to botany. The sculpture sits just over 3m in height and could very well be considered Australian Kitsch. She's titled 'The Spirit of  Botany' and despite being constructed in aluminum she weighs just over 385kgs. 

📍 Paul Keating Park, Bankstown