Join Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon from Sydney Living Museums and artist Jonathan Jones in discussing Jones’s recent Kaldor Public Art Project, barrangal dyara (skin and bones), a vast sculptural installation stretching across 20,000 square metres of the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. The project took place on Gadigal country with approval from the community.
The project recalls the Garden Palace building where it originally stood in the Royal Botanic Garden, before it devastatingly burnt to the ground in 1882. Also destroyed in the fire were countless Aboriginal objects collected along the colonial frontier. Jones discusses the project as a response to the immense loss felt throughout Australia at the destruction of these culturally significant items. It is also an attempt to commence the healing process and to celebrate the survival of the world’s oldest living culture despite this traumatic event.
Members of Aboriginal communities are respectfully advised that the talk will refer to the loss of cultural objects from across the south-east of Australia.