In 1968 Vlad Mosmondor was commissioned to produce a sculpture made from fiber glass. This sculpture was to be of the 19th Prime Minister of Australia John Gorton (1968-1971).
Vlad depicted John Gorton’s war scares, especially his crooked nose. In 1940 Gorton was enlisted in the Australian Air Force as a fighter pilot in Malaya and New Guinea. He suffered a serious pilot crash where his face hit the planes windshield and from then his unique characteristic was formed.
Vlad has extensive background in visual art, where he graduated from art school in Europe. Vlad attended many sitting in Parliament House, Canberra during question time with Gorton. Below are photos of the result; and the pencil sketches he did during his parliament sittings.
Fiberglass sculpture is very time-consuming and a labor-intensive process. It’s an excellent way to create works of art that will last for decades to come. In this instance, it’s been 52 years since Vlad created Gorton’s sculpture in bronze and it still looks as fresh and modern then as it does now.
The fiberglass process: The entire process is detailed from plug, to mold, to finished fiberglass part. Follow along with the eight steps: develop the plug, construct the parting board, lay up the mold, release the mold from the plug, prepare the mold for fabrication, lay up the part, and release the finished fiberglass piece.
In this instance, it’s been 52 years since Vlad created Gorton’s sculpture in bronze and it still looks as fresh and modern then as it does now.
A new era - Canberra Business Chanber (Formally the Canberra Business Council)
Monica Shanahan (Mosmondor) Left, was working at the Canberra Business Chamber from 2016-2019, where her position was made redundant. Working as the Communications Graphic Design and Marketing, she implemented and oversaw all the publications, website, social media and event management for the Canberra Business Chamber (CBC).
Following in her father's footsteps who was the designer who worked on the Business Council's corporate identity. Monica too, was in charge of the Business Chambers re-branding in 2018-19 where the organisation followed the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the rest of the states, to incorporate the 'star' symbol which has recently been adapted to their logo.
Below are some examples of Monica's work. Including a staff photo of both the CBC and ACCI together at the Canberra Business Chamber's head office.
Canberra Business Chamber Staff enjoying a morning tea with ACCI Staff and James Pearson, CEO Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The name "Very Fast Train" or "VFT" has become a synonym for high-speed rail in Australia, though no subsequent proposal has adopted the terminology. The VFT was a proposed high-speed railway between Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne in south-eastern Australia.
It was conceived by Dr Paul Wild of the CSIRO in 1984, the proposal was adopted by a private-sector joint venture in 1987, comprising Elders IXL, Kumagai Gumi, TNT and BHP. Several major studies were undertaken in the 1980s and early 1990s, which showed the proposal to be both technically and financially feasible.
This also involved Vlad Mosmondor, who was the designer on the proposed venture, who produced the branding, style, timetables and publication of the ‘VFT Pre-Feasibility Study Report’. Below are some images of the printed materials of the project. The VFT attracted widespread support from both the general public and sections of government, but the joint venture folded following the failure to secure a favourable taxation agreement with the Federal Government in late 1991.
The Very Fast Train remains the most substantial investment into a high-speed rail project in Australia. The only proposal to involve 100% private funding.