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The site of the Government Dockyards begun by Governor John Hunter in 1797, later expanded by Lachlan Macquarie , were uncovered about 15 years ago in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Then began the battle over whether and how to memorialize the landmark, at about the time the Museum of Contemporary Art was considering an expansion directly over the site..
Finally in 2009, it was decided not to dig and create a visible tribute, but instead a Wiradjuri artist, Brooke Andrew, was commissioned to create another way. His contribution is this stripped, LED flashing arrow, pointing down to the ground, underneath which the dockyard ruins lay. The poem inscribed reads:

In the loch, blood stricken, time hidden lay lost, under this place of birth, under your mind lies a tunnel, under this stone, salty darkness, forgotten place of docks and ships.

Just a retired old guy who loves looking for an eclectic mix of subjects to photograph, from people, to places, to concepts, and enjoys all aspects of the hunt, the find, and the shot, plus dabbling in the post production.

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  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 1 year ago

    walk this way lol xx

  • lynn
    you said it!

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Strattonover 1 year ago

    For a Contemporary Museum, this commemorative ‘poem’, (?), seems an awkward, confused and struggling effort serving only confuse the contemporary individual. IMO, if it has to be read more than twice to be understood, it is a failure! How about this?

    “In the time forgotten depths and salty darkness below lies
    the birth and death of bloody events in a lost and hidden place
    of docks and ships forever left to our imaginings.”

    Doesn’t it seem disrespectful to have this “poem” stenciled so that it may be tread upon? The whole presentation reeks of “boardroom decision”! IMO, of course.

    Nothing like a little controversy to stir the blood and sharpen ones wit! Say, what? Lol
    Now, THIS one tells a real story, Phil.
    Good one, for sure! :-)

  • pete
    terrific rendering!!! so words and images!! a Forte! The rejoinder to those who objected to this"memorial" was “the strobe LED arrow can be seen from as far away as the Opera House” go figure!

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Strattonover 1 year ago

    Well, Phil, as the comedian Ron White said, in one of his routines, “You Can’t Fix Stupid!”. I wonder how long it will last until WALMART buys it out cheap. Lol :>()

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