Artist talk: Jonathan Jones in conversation with Michael Brand
In association with Kaldor Public Art Project 32: Jonathan Jones
For the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones presents barrangal dyara (skin and bones), a vast sculptural installation stretching across 20,000 square-metres of the Royal Botanic Garden.
The project will recall the 19th-century Garden Palace building where it originally stood in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, before it devastatingly burnt to the ground along with countless Aboriginal objects collected along the colonial frontier.
Thousands of bleached white shields will echo the masses of rubble – the only remnants of the building after the fire – raising the layered history and bones of the Garden Palace across the site. A native kangaroo grassland will form the heart of the installation which will be activated and enlivened by presentations of Aboriginal language, performances, talks, special events and workshops each day.
Tonight at Art After Hours, Jonathan Jones will discuss the project with Art Gallery of NSW director Michael Brand.
For more information about the project, see the Kaldor Public Art Projects website
Image: Jonathan Jones. Photo: Mark Stanley, Kaldor Public Art Projects