Melbourne’s Victoria statue of the legendary Greek Alexander the great has won the 2015 Victoria Medal.
The statue was unveiled last month at the Melbourne Art Gallery and was presented by the Mayor of Melbourne, Greg Hunt, and City Councilor and current Melbourne mayor, Richard Colbeck.
“Victoria’s beautiful statue of Andrew the Great was unveiled in the Melbourne art gallery on Thursday afternoon,” Mr Hunt said.
The statue of Mr Hunt was unveiled at a ceremony held at the gallery in March, after the statue was donated to the museum in 2013. “
I would like to extend our thanks to all the people who contributed their time and expertise and I would like you to know that our Melbourne Museum team will be looking forward to working with you in the future.”
The statue of Mr Hunt was unveiled at a ceremony held at the gallery in March, after the statue was donated to the museum in 2013.
The artist had previously commissioned the statue from a friend and it has been in storage since its initial presentation.
The Melbourne Museum is not accepting any new submissions for this year’s Melbourne Medal.
It is not the first time that the statue has been awarded a medal, as it was a medalist in 2014.
Mr Colbeck, who was also the Mayor’s general manager at the time, said the statue’s success in the award ceremony was down to the collaboration of the artist and the City of Melbourne.
“The Melbourne Museum and the Mayor have worked closely together for many years,” he said.
“In the course of that work we have had a good working relationship and we have always made it our priority to help promote our museum.”
It was the City Council and the artist who were really in the driving seat on this and made the decision to give this statue the Melbourne Medal and to also give it to the city.
This statue represents the heart of Melbourne and is one of the great cultural symbols of our city,” he added.