Michael Le Grand – ‘Contour 556’ Canberra Art Biennial

In News October 2, 2022

Image above: installation view, Reveal  2022  painted steel sculpture  217 x 176 x 165 cm.


We are pleased to share that Michael Le Grand has been included in the latest iteration of Canberra’s biennial public art festival contour 556, now in its 4th edition, with his work ‘Reveal’.

This year, contour 556 has been rebranded as the Canberra Art Biennial, and expands its scope to include the National Arboretum (contour 656) and the University of Canberra (contour 606), whilst also maintaining and building further on its presence in North and South Canberra.

Curator Neil Hobbs says of the festival: “Contour 556 is the water level of Lake Burley Griffin, which links the event in name as well as in purpose to the history of the central Canberra landscape. The artworks and installations selected for the festival respond in some way to Canberra’s history, from 50,000 years to the present day.”

Image above: installation view, National Arboretum.


‘Reveal’ is a sculpture made from painted steel. Le Grand says of the work and its title: “As the name implies, the inner core is revealed with the shedding of the outer elements.”

‘Reveal’ can be found at the National Arboretum alongside several other sculptures until the festival ends on Saturday 29 October 2022.


Canberra Art Biennial 2022 – contour 556
Various locations, Canberra ACT
1 – 29 October 2022