• Project 3

GILBERT & GEORGE 1973

The most beautiful, moving, original, fascinating and serious art piece you have ever seen. It consists of two sculptors, one stick, one glove and one song. Gilbert & George
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For Project 3 in 1973, Gilbert & George presented The Singing Sculpture in both Sydney and Melbourne, merging sculpture and performance and bringing art into everyday life. With their faces and hands painted with a mix of bronze-coloured metallic powder and Vaseline, and a table as their plinth, they sang along to the song of two Depression-era tramps, ‘Underneath the arches’, slowly repeating a series of gestures and circling mechanically like figures inside a music box. Gilbert & George are now among the most famous living British artists, known for their signature billboard-sized pictures in bright neon colours, showing them together, suited or naked, among a kaleidoscope of images and symbols. The Singing Sculpture is now recognised as the art piece that launched their career. It embodied and communicated their idiosyncratic personae and the concept of ‘living sculpture’ that has informed their lives and art over 40 years.
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Gilbert & George interviewed for ABC during their 2010 visit for the 40th anniversary of Kaldor Public Art Projects.

Selected videos about The Singing Sculpture and Gilbert & George's visit.

PHOTOS

PROJECT 3: Gilbert & George bronzed their faces for the presentation of <em>The Singing Sculpture</em> at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1973.PROJECT 3: <em>The Singing Sculpture</em>, 1973, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.PROJECT 3: Gilbert & George present <em>The Singing Sculpture</em> at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of their project in 1973.PROJECT 3: Gilbert & George present <em>The Singing Sculpture</em> at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of their project in 1973.
PROJECT 3: Gilbert & George present <em>The Singing Sculpture</em> at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of their project in 1973.PROJECT 3: Gilbert & George present <em>The Singing Sculpture</em> at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of their project in 1973.PROJECT 3: Gilbert & George present <em>The Singing Sculpture</em> at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of their project in 1973.PROJECT 3: Gilbert & George meet the press in Sydney at the Sebel Townhouse Hotel on 13 August 1973. Photo: Newspix/News Ltd
PROJECT 3: Gilbert & George present <em>The Singing Sculpture</em> at the Art Gallery of New South Wales with their ‘charcoal-on-paper sculpture’ displayed across the gallery wall behind. Photo: Macrae/FairfaxphotosPROJECT 3: Gilbert & George, <em>The Shrubberies Number 1 and Number 2</em>, 1972, a ‘charcoal-on-paper sculpture’ installed at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of their project.PROJECT 3: Gilbert & George in front of their ‘charcoal-on-paper sculpture’, <em>The Shrubberies Number 1 and Number 2</em>, 1972, at the National Gallery of Victoria.PROJECT 3: Gilbert & George in front of their ‘charcoal-on-paper sculpture’, <em>The Shrubberies Number 1 and Number 2</em>, 1972, at the National Gallery of Victoria.

DOCUMENTS

PROJECT 3: The artists book created for Gilbert & George's 1973 Australian visit, showing images from their work <em>The General Jungle</em>. Photo: Jenni CarterPROJECT 3: Pages from the artists book created for Gilbert & George's 1973 Australian visit, showing images from their work <em>The General Jungle</em>. Photo: Jenni CarterPROJECT 3: Pages from the artists book created for Gilbert & George's 1973 Australian visit, showing images from their work <em>The General Jungle</em>. Photo: Jenni CarterPROJECT 3: Pages from the artists book created for Gilbert & George's 1973 Australian visit, showing images from their work <em>The General Jungle</em>. Photo: Jenni Carter
PROJECT 3: Handwritten requirements for Gilbert & George's presentation of <em>The Singing Sculpture</em> in Melbourne.PROJECT 3: Invitation to the opening of <em>The Singing Sculpture</em> at The National Gallery of Victoria.PROJECT 3: The leaflet <em>A guide to singing sculpture by George and Gilbert the human sculptors,</em> Art for All, London 1973.PROJECT 3: Gilbert & George’s screenprint <em>Underneath the arches</em>, 1971, showing the song’s lyrics.