1959 saw the relationship between Geelong Gallery and local schools continue to strengthen. Geelong Gallery exhibited works by students from Matthew Flinders Girls’ Secondary College, Geelong Grammar School and Geelong Technical School.
Among the acquisitions for this year was Danae by Lenton Parr, a steel and bronze sculpture depicting a reclining woman who emulates the Greek mythological princess Danaë. The bronze accents that decorate the top of the figure replicate the shower of gold that rains down on Danaë in the myth.
In a 1979 interview, Parr stated that the creation of Danae was a turning point in his career, demonstrating his ability to achieve his goals through small figurines rather than a purely abstract form. Parr credits Danae as being ‘one of the most significant things I've made’.