An image of Image of the 'Stargold birdbath' 1940 by Eleonore Lange in the grounds of the Special School, Glenfield

Eleonore Lange

(Germany, Australia 28 Oct 1893 – 20 Aug 1990)

Image of the 'Stargold birdbath' 1940 by Eleonore Lange in the grounds of the Special School, Glenfield

Location
Not on display
Further information

Eleonore Lange designed this birdbath for the grounds of the Special School, Glenfield. It was produced in cast stone. The inspiration for the sculpture is the story of ‘The Star money’ (German ‘Die Sterntaler’), a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. It tells of the generosity of a poor girl, who gives away everything to those in need. As she stood naked and with nothing left to give away, stars fell to earth, turning to gold as she collected them. The birdbath was Lange's last major work, as she largely withdrew from sculpting after its completion.

This photograph is one in a series of the birdbath taken by Austrian-Australian photographer Margaret Michaelis.

Place of origin
Glenfield, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year
circa 1940
Media
Photograph
Medium
gelatin silver photograph
Dimensions
13.3 x 8.4 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
National Art Archive. Gift of Frank Hinder 1990
Accession number
ARC109.11.48
Copyright
© Estate of Eleonore Lange