Commissions and public art activities
* USA Public Art and Artist in Residence
In September 2005, John Dahlsen was the artist in residence as a guest of Jefferson City in Missouri USA. Here he made a series of installations forming a public artwork, made from recycled plastic bags, which were donated by the people of Jefferson City.
This series of works were exhibited as part of the Art In The Park Exhibition run by Atelier CMS inc. from Jefferson City.
At the opening ceremony, which was attended by Bob and Lori Hauser Holden, Governor and first Lady State of Missouri 2001 - 2005, and Senator Carl M Vogel, along with the other exhibiting artists and other distinguished guests, Dahlsen delivered a speech, addressing the importance of public art in the built environment and the need for a percentage of public spending on government buildings to be earmarked for public artworks.
Dahlsen then went on to donate his series of sculptural installations to Jefferson City for their contemporary art collection, which he said would hopefully be housed soon, in a purpose built contemporary art space, which he noted Jefferson City urgently needed.
* The Commonwealth Bank Commission
Dahlsen was commissioned by a major Australian bank to create a significant sculpture for their six star rated eco-friendly Sydney headquarters He created the work from objects collected from the annual Clean Up Australia campaign in Sydney . The artwork is now positioned in their foyer in Sydney Australia.
* The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
The Powerhouse Museum commissioned John to
create 2 major works, which are now featured in a semi-permanent
exhibition at the Museum. Called; "Eco - Logic" - Creating a sustainable Future. The exhibition showcases
ecologically sustainable practices. John also presented a proposal
for a public outdoor sculpture for the entrance to the Powerhouse
Museum, which was enthusiastically received by the Powerhouse
* Absolut Dahlsen
John has successfully completed the artwork titled ABSOLUT Dahlsen. This commission was the brainchild of Absolut Vodka, who commissioned him
to make a large sculpture/Installation based on the Absolut campaign.
With this sculpture commission, John was chosen as an invited
artist to exhibit this work at the 2004 Sculpture By the Sea Exhibition
Currently this work is on display at the Gold Goast City Art Gallery Queensland.
* The Guardian: Public Art in Queensland.
A major public art work was recently unveiled
in Brisbane. Titled "The Guardian", This 10.5 metre
high sculpture made from recycled materials, has been enthusiastically
embraced by the Brisbane community. It is situated at the entrance to Kangoroo Point.
* The Rialto Centre, Manly Sydney
John was shortlisted with 3 other artists to
install a $175,000 public art sculpture.
* The Belongil Commission,
A privately funded sculpture commission is
located on the ocean front in Byron Bay Australia.
* Privately funded sculptural projects
John recently developed two in-depth proposals
for major, privately funded, sculpturalprojects both located in
the Northern New South Wales region. The first being at the new
S.A.E. School of Audio Engineering, multi-media world headquarters.
Secondly at the Broken Head Coastal Foundation's Eco- Educational
resort facility, being developed by the renowned environmental
architect Phil McMaster.
* Public Artwork for Byron Bay
John created a fundraising "Barometer"
public art work for the Byron Bay Community Centre in 2000.
* The Brisbane Entertainment and Convention
John has recently been selected to make a public
art sculpture for the foyer of the Brisbane Entertainment and
Convention Centre. Negotiations are still in progress between
the Architects; Minale/Bryce and Partners(Brisbane) and the board
of the Convention centre.ber and came away
with a prestigious award in the Miedia/NeMedion.
* Shortlisted For Public Art Projects
in the USA
John has recently been short listed for two
public Art projects in both Washington DC and at a university
John has been in negotiations with the chairman of
the Visy corporation to make a series of totemic recycled artworks
for both the exterior and wallworks for the interior foyers, of
the Visy factories Australia wide.