Art at the Museum of Sydney
Commissioned by the City of Sydney, The Distance of Your Heart comprises 60 handmade life-size bronze birds that perch on door lintels and ledges in the northern CBD.
Emin wanted to create a work that responds to Australia’s remoteness from other parts of the world. The tiny birds high above the streetscape express her feelings of distance and homesickness, their delicate forms juxtaposed against the monumental public architecture.
Emin was inspired by Francis Greenway’s Obelisk of Distances in Macquarie Park, which measures the distance to NSW locations.
It is, she says, ‘the perfect site to measure the distance of my heart’.
Look out for Emin’s birds on your next visit to the Museum of Sydney.