Sunday, 13 January 2019

Australian National Maritime Museum, sculpture

"Upward Force on Downward Moving Objects", is one of a pair of sculptures located at the entrances of the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. They were created in 2018 by Wang Luyan as part of the "On Sharks & Humanity" exhibition based on one of his earlier works. They both consist of fibreglass buoys and weights made of stainless steel with man-made rust which work in tension and opposition. The buoys float above imaginary water with weights pressing down on imaginary waves. They reflect the concepts of paradox and contradiction by presenting with irony and sarcasm human greed and uncontrollable desire. With this complex system of paradox, the viewers experience and internalise the despair and the destruction that sharks and other marine species are facing because of human greed.


  1. Both sculpture and shadows are worth stopping and enjoying.

  2. I am not sure about the sharks, irony, sarcasm, human greed and uncontrollable desire. But I do love the colours, shapes and water-based location.

  3. It's always good when the artist explains what's going on--apparently, I'm too low-brow to figure it all out! Of course, I thought they were upside-down lollies, so what do I know!!!!

  4. Excellent series on the Australian National Maritime Museum sculptures Jim, I've enjoyed them all ✨

  5. Thought provoking and your photo is lovely.
    Have a Great Day!
    Peace :)


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