bara – Public Artwork Announcement

By August 7, 2018Culture, News

On 7 August I had the pleasure of attending the announcement of a bara – major public artwork to honour & recognise the First Peoples of Sydney and Traditional Custodians of Gadigal Country.

Featuring two monumental bara, the fish hooks crafted and used by Gadigal women for thousands of generations, the work will have a gleaming finish reminiscent of local seashells. Their crescent shapes also reflect the shapes of the moon, the coves of the harbour, the sails of the Sydney Opera House and the arch of the Harbour Bridge.

The City of Sydney will work closely with artist Judy Watson and cultural custodians to deliver bara. A community engagement program is being developed in partnership with the Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation. The artwork is expected to be unveiled in 2020.