This week I was delighted to join John Kaldor at the Royal Botanic Gardens for the announcement of Kaldor Public Art Projects' 45th anniversary project.
Sydney-based artist Jonathan Jones was announced as the winner of YOUR VERY GOOD IDEA, Kaldor's first-ever open competition for Australian artists.
Jonathan is a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia. His project, barrangal dyara (skin and bones), is a re-imagination of the historic Garden Palace which stood in the Royal Botanic Garden in the 19th century.
Just three years after its completion in 1882, the Garden Palace was burnt to the ground, destroying important Aboriginal artefacts and cultural materials.
Jonathan's project, an ambitious temporary installation that will include spoken word and performance, will reveal the significant cultural histories behind this lost collection.
The City has made a $300,000 commitment over three years to Kaldor Public Art Projects and we're thrilled that some of this funding will go towards helping Jonathan bring his project to life.
Art plays an enormous part in the life of any great city. It can engage and stimulate people, it can provoke both thought and action, it can add depth, texture and meaning to the urban experience.
The City has a strong track record of delivering iconic and engaging public art, both temporary and permanent, including Youngsters on Barrack Street, Forgotten Songs in Angel Place, In Between Two Worlds in Chinatown and Always Was Always Will Be on Flinders Street.
Image L-R: John Kaldor, Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Minister Troy Grant and Jonathon Jones