Djalgala Yarra

kinetic sculpture installed at Blacktown Hospital - Sydney

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by Alex Sanson on Friday 19 June 2020.

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By Alex Sanson in collaboration with Leanne Tobin, Djalgala Yarra, is a kinetic sculpture commissioned for Blacktown Hospital in Sydney.

Djalgala Yarra, an arboreal meditation, is inspired by the iconic Sydney Red Gum (Angophora Costata), a tree holding cultural significance to the local Darug community. Darug artist, Leanne Tobin writes: Angophora Costata is a source of old bush medicine and is seen by many local Aboriginal people as a women’s tree with its wide opening arms, its majestic presence and human-like folds and form. This kinetic sculpture was created by Alex and Leanne to contribute to a space of calm, contemplative wonder and to draw the viewer in with its hypnotic motion that is at once tranquil and mesmerizing.

Materials: Stainless steel, acrylic, mechanical components, 6m high, 5.2m diameter, 2019

Photos by Photos by Rich Mammoliti and Alex Sanson