Art Pharmacy Installations at The Rocks
The Rocks is Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood, and it shows in the cobblestone streets, heritage-listed sandstone buildings and historic landmarks. This creates a fun juxtaposition with five new art installations, which will be around the area for a full year.
Curator and strategist agency Art Pharmacy has commissioned new works from five Sydney artists, all responding to the theme of “revival and renewal”. The result is a diverse showcase of talent and storytelling through different art forms.
Barkindji artist Maddison Gibbs has painted small murals around the suburb depicting seeds, nuts, plants and medicine, inspired by Aboriginal female ancestors and their roles in Country and community. Meanwhile, Jason Wing of the Biripi nation has spray-painted a mural depicting Pemuwuluy, an Aboriginal leader who resisted colonisation when the First Fleet arrived, aboard a raft floating on a river of crows.
You can walk through minimalist designer Vincent Buret’s immersive installation Enlightened Reflection – the entrance to a laneway covered in mirrored triangles that reflect you as a centrepiece. Similarly, Rochelle Haley has strung up discs hanging from the ceiling of Surgeons Court, with the discs each catching light in different ways throughout the day.
Indigenous artist Graham Toomey, of the Warramunga Clan, and Goldberg Aberline Studio have collaborated on a series of illuminated lanterns hung up along Kendall Lane. Each one features artwork that’s been designed by hand then printed on a new textile made from recycled plastic drinking bottles.
The artworks will be installed at The Rocks for a year, allowing plenty of time for visitors to view and interact with them.