Saturday, 13 November 2010

Darling Harbour, Coming and Going

"Coming and Going" is a stainless steel sculpture by Sasha Reid, created in 2006. This artwork which resembles a chain of paper dolls, commemorates child migrants. It has been installed in an area behind the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour, where visiting school groups often gather. The plaque reads: This memorial is dedicated to the child migrants from the United Kingdom and Malta who had to leave their families and country of birth during the years 1912-1967. After arriving by ship, these children faced an unknown future in New South Wales. Many endured personal hardships, some experienced great suffering. They and their families have made and continue to make a valuable contribution to their communities and to Australia.  

19 comments:

  1. I am continually impressed by the wealth of public art in Sydney. This one isn't among my favorites, but I certainly applaud the people of Sydney for supporting artists.

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  2. Very cool sculpture! Well spotted reflections.

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  3. I love this cute sculpture, and also the angle of the sun when you took the picture: full shadow vs (almost) no shadow.

    Of course, the subject matter is not exactly cute, pretty sad really, and worth reflecting upon.

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  4. How sweet to have a memorial just for child immigrants. Lovely sculpture too.

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  5. Haven't seen this one, is it reasonably new? Been a while since I was round the Maritime Museum.

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  6. Ann, apparently it was unveiled in 2006 but I only discovered it myself recently on one of my walks around Darling Harbour.

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  7. Wonder what the story is behind children migrating to Australia?
    Looking at it from an artist viewpoint, I wonder if it was the artist's purpose to let the children go over into the bricks without a clear boundary...

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  8. Hi Jim,

    Were you a soldier? Did you fight in Afghanistan?

    Australia has a lot of lighthouses. We saw a big one in South Port.

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  9. Jeannette, a lot of those children were escaping war torn Europe.

    Ann, no I wasn't and I didn't. I have been to your war memorial in Auckland.

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  10. Very nice picture and an intriguing history and cultural lesson.

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  11. A wonderful sculpture! Wish we had one in our nearby park like that!

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  12. Art created from sheet metal is currently enjoying some popularity. I took photos of some local Tulsa examples and thought I had posted them but can't find them now. I need to do that. The media seems to lend itself to things whimsical.

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  13. How I love that sculpture.

    Just see the shadows. A perfect shot for my shadowy meme.

    Thanks for sharing your tour in Sydney & I appreciate the knowledge given.

    Happy week-end, mate!

    Cheers,
    /chie

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  14. Very moving.
    There is something special about us countries built by immigrants.

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