The Astronomer arose out of a commission to create a sculpture from the remains of the Yale Columbia Refractor destroyed in the 2003 Canberra bushfires. The pose and gesture of the iron figure suggests astronomy and examining the heavens, whilst the riveted plates give strong ties to the appearance and "flavour" of the original 1920's telescope. The work aims to find a balance between a historical monument and an artwork that sits comfortably within the broader framework of contemporary sculpture. The rusted, riveted construction also enables a seamless blend of historic and new components and makes reference to the current condition of the burnt out remains.
The Astronomer is now installed at Parkes Place, Canberra (Opposite the new National Portrait Gallery)