Statue of Venus [a copy of Antonio Canova's Venus], Prince Henry Gardens

North Terrace ADELAIDE

The Statue of Venus, unveiled in 1892, was Adelaide's first piece of public art. A copy of a classical masterpiece, the statue was presented to the City of Adelaide by W A Horn, who hoped to ornament the city with what was considered appropriate public art. William Horn was a notable nineteenth-century figure, and was involved with securing the Moonta-Wallaroo Mines for W W Hughes, organising and funding the Horn Scientific Expedition to Central Australia, and also served as MP for Flinders between 1887 and 1893. He was said to be 'one of the most generous public men' in South Australian history.