Artist’s trail winds its way to Bunurong Memorial Park
01 February 2018
In early February this year, SMCT was excited to install two works from prominent Australian artists Greg Johns, At the centre (There is nothing) 2012 and Inge King, Jabaroo 1989 at Bunurong Memorial Park (BMP).
On loan from the collection of McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, the sculptures perfectly complement SMCT’s commitment to offer the community a variety of respectful ways to experience our multi-purpose community assets.
The qualities of both works quietly support the philosophy and purpose of BMP, an Indigenous Australian landscape which provides a space for sentimental reflection and metaphysical contemplation.
Represented by Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney, both Johns and King offer a unique take on Australian themed sculpture that can only be appreciated in person.
We welcome our community to experience these works during their exhibit period at BMP.
Greg Johns’ work is synonymous with the material of Cor-ten steel. Over time, this weather-resistant steel develops a rich and velvety russet surface which appeals to the artist for its robustness and visual clues to the colours found in the Australian desert landscape.
Based on fractals, intricate patterns that infinitely repeat, At the centre (There is nothing) uses a continually changing pattern that exists within the circle, a universal symbol of unity and stillness.
Inge King was a powerful voice in industrial sculpture. In Jabaroo colours of black, white and red give definition to the work and add to its sense of energy. This work references the dance of the Jabiru – a dance that can only be performed by certain male members of the Aboriginal community.
The jabiru is a black-necked stork that ‘dances’ in pairs. King captures the elegant movement and form of this creature while referencing its cultural and spiritual significance for Indigenous Australians.