For the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project, Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones presents barrangal dyara (skin and bones), a vast sculptural installation stretching across 20,000 square-metres of the Royal Botanic Garden. The Project will recall the 19th century Garden Palace building where it originally stood in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, before it devastatingly burnt to the ground along with countless Aboriginal objects collected along the colonial frontier. The project is Jones’ response to the immense loss felt throughout Australia due to the destruction of these culturally significant items. It represents an effort to commence a healing process and a celebration of the survival of the world’s oldest living culture despite this traumatic event.
To coincide with the launch of the installation, see a display at the Powerhouse Museum that brings together Jonathan Jones’s work with a selection of objects from the Garden Palace.
The origins of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) are inextricably linked to the Garden Palace. The Museum was founded in 1880 and its original collections were specifically drawn from the International Exhibition, including objects that survived the fire.
This display is presented as part of Kaldor Public Art Project 32: Jonathan Jones barrangal dyara (skin and bones), 2016, 17 September – 3 October 2016.