barrangal dyer (skin and bones) at the Royal Botanic Gardens

40,000 white, shield-like elements placed across lawn, plants, overlapping, spaced out, random. Or so they seemed. Forming the outline of the former Garden Palace (1879- 1882), the artist, Jonathan Jones says that the Palace has “become a symbol for the repercussions of forgetting… a kind of cultural burn”. The Palace was burnt down in 1882 and with it material from the early Aboriginal collections and other ones including the NSW Arts Society, The Technological and Mining Museum amongst others. Central to the piece is kangaroo grassland where the dome of the Palace once hovered at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Kaldor Public Art Projects  have initiated numerous groundbreaking public art projects since 1969 and continue with this incredible installation.

 

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