Journal Article

Sacred Objects—Australian Design and National Celebrations

Simon Jackson

in Journal of Design History

Published on behalf of Design History Society

Volume 19, issue 3, pages 249-255
Published in print January 2006 | ISSN: 0952-4649
Published online August 2006 | e-ISSN: 1741-7279 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/epl019
Sacred Objects—Australian Design and National Celebrations

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Whenever there is a national event or celebration in Australia, favourite sporting heroes (including racehorses), celebrated artists and the nation's ‘design icons’ are rolled out in the popular media to confirm a very specific view of Australian ‘white male’ national identity. Three very different types of writings about Australian industrial design are contrasted and two questions are explored: Is there a national design sensibility? Should there be an attempt to create a national canon of design?

Keywords: Australia; Hills Hoist; industrial design; mythology; national identity; stump-jump plough

Journal Article.  4646 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Art ; Art Forms ; Industrial and Commercial Art ; Art Styles

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