An image of Herbert Flugelman in his 'Australian cottage' 1973


(Australia  – )

Herbert Flugelman in his 'Australian cottage' 1973, from the Herbert Flugelman archive

Other titles:
Pioneer's Cottage
Not on display
Further information

Herbert Flugelmann constructed the 'Australian cottage' for the Third Mildura Sculpture Triennial in 1973. Tom McCullough was the director and curator of this exhibition.'Australian cottage' was number 47 in the catalogue to the exhibition and described as "Reinforcing mesh, actual size 152 x 915 x 915 cms". In this year the Triennial was largely relocated from an exhibition building to an outdoor site on the Murray River. Flugelman's full-size cottage was modelled on an actual colonial house outside Adelaide. Inside were geometric representations of chairs, a bed, tables and cupboards. At times Flugelman occupied the house, accompanied by curator Julie Ewington, who performed domestic activities in the setting, such as making tea. At other times the public could enter. As the exhibition progressed, the cottage began to be overgrown with native grasses and flora, with the work becoming a metaphor for the doomed post-World War 1 soldier settlements in the Mildura region.

Place of origin
Mildura, Victoria, Australia
gelatin silver photograph
11 x 7.2 cm image; 12 x 8.1 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

National Art Archive. Gift of the artist's family 2014
Accession number
© Herbert Flugelman. Licensed by Copyright Agency © Unknown photographer