One of Australia's most notable sculptors, Margel Hinder's exquisite constructions in metal placed her at the vanguard of the post-war sculpture. In 1971, Hinder entered the 1971 Marland House Sculpture Competition. The design she submitted was, two years later, commissioned for the Telecommunications Building in Adelaide, and this maquette was produced in preparation for that commission.
The year after the Competition, Hinder commented that for her, the importance of sculpture was in its capacity to articulate space. "I usually like to work in three dimensions and when you are working in that way you have to consider it from every aspect, and that increases your problems tremendously, as against a thing which you see from only one aspect." (in K. Scarlett, Australian Sculptors, Melbourne, 1980, p.258).