This beloved sculpture of a wild boar with a shiny gold snout is an exact replica of one by Italian artist Pietro Tacca, which has been on display in Florence since c. 1633. Located just outside Sydney’s oldest hospital, Sydney Hospital, on Macquarie Street, it is a popular tourist attraction. Visitors are encouraged to donate a coin through the boar’s open mouth (letting it fall into the pool beneath) and rub his snout afterwards for good luck. With all donations going towards the work of the hospital, it’s also a worthy cause.
Primarily made out of bronze, the sculpture sits above a pool containing an array of water creatures (tortoises, frogs, snails, lizards and crabs) and is mounted upon a sandstone base. The piece was donated to the City of Sydney by Marchesa Fiaschi Torrigiani in 1968, and is a memorial to her father and brother who both worked as surgeons at Sydney Hospital.
ICS was recently commissioned by the City of Sydney to carry out conservation and maintenance work to the Il Porcellino sculpture. As an outdoor monument regularly exposed to the elements, various condition issues needed to be addressed. These included:
The Glebe War Memorial was built in 1921 in honour of 174 local residents who did not return from World War I including the Australian fast bowler, Albert “Tibby” Cotter. It was constructed thanks to funds raised by the Glebe community and designed by local resident, William Martin. Design elements Martin’s design is considered quite unique for a community war...
On Remembrance Day in 1926 this unique Honour Roll was first unveiled in the Rocky Hill War Memorial tower at Goulburn. Measuring a sizeable 4.8m x 3m, it is made of four Carrara marble panels with local sandstone surrounds and...