About This Project

ADA Consulting were appointed to develop a Public Art Management Plan for their client, Goldfield Group as a requirement of their permit condition.
Goldfields were seeking a sculpture commission or acquisition for their development, Patch Apartments located in Fitzroy North.Patch Apartments are an eight level residential development which was completed in May 2019.
ADA conducted a tender process with a shortlist of eight artists to commission one artist to create a site-specific sculpture or propose one which was already made.
Collaboratively, ADA and Goldfields selected the work of New Zealand based sculptor, David McCracken for the commission.

McCracken cerated ‘Lovely Boy’ for Patch Apartments.  The vernacular of the form of Lovely Boy appears simultaneously as that of a large inflated toy object complete with pressure ripples and convolutions, and that of automotive glam, with highly polished metal and glossy colour, with this idea the artist exploits the attractiveness and seduction of materiality and colour with an ambiguous subject matter and semiology.

McCracken’s interpretation of the plans for Patch apartments and environs les him to propose a bold, assertive work with a strong vertical form, easily apprehended but loaded with meaning. The unique location of the public artwork coupled with the striking form and colour of the work ensures that it can be viewed from street level or when driving past on the Hoddle Street on-ramp or Punt Road

Delivered by ADA Consulting, May 2019


David McCracken

Title of Work

Lovely Boy


Goldfield Group


Fieldwork Projects


Patch Apartments


243 – 247 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North


City of Yarra