I AM public artwork

I AM invites you to place yourself within the sculpture and take a photograph, then upload it to your favourite social media platform and tag #IAMGeelong

Mark Cuthbertson
I AM 2021
cast concrete
Current Location: Austin Park, Lara
Previous Location: Opposite 1 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

This public art commission has been developed in partnership with VALiD and ArtGusto, with Community Support Funding through the Victorian Government.

The City of Greater Geelong has commissioned artist, Mark Cuthbertson to create this public sculpture celebrating members of our community who have a lived experience with disability. Working with artist collaborators Robert Croft, Hannah Wilkinson, Christian Den Besten and George Macaronis, Mark has developed a large-scale text-based work entitled “I AM”.

Drawing reference from powerful political and pop culture statements such as the 1968 Memphis black sanitation workers slogan “I AM a man”, and Helen Reddy’s 1971 anthem “I AM woman”, the work celebrates the empowerment of diversity in our society.

Over 85 community members contributed to the artwork development in a series of workshops facilitated by the artist to inform the final design. The resulting text-based works have been curated by the artist and cast into the side profiles of the letters.

Created from white concrete and inlayed with textural features, the artwork stands over 2 metres tall and can be laid out in different configurations in the open space. The sculpture is relocatable – and will be a feature at a range of sites across the municipality– ensuring wide access to all community members.

I AM was installed in September 2021 at a prominent location on the waterfront adjacent the Carousel, and was relocated to Austin Park, Lara in March 2022.

To find out more about the process of making this work, and to view the documentary of participants, please visit ArtGusto's website.

Page last updated: Friday, 4 March 2022