Hidden away on the third floor of The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), a fairy tale forest awaits your exploration. It really is something special to wander through the sixty giant fluffy pine trees and work your way slowly around the simple labyrinth, designed and created in 2008 by visual artist, Kathy Temin.
I was surprised by the scale of the work as the kids weaved in and out of larger than life lollipops, pine trees and cactus-like formations made entirely of white fluff. For me, being in the quiet white forest with a stark blue background, felt very dream like and other worldly, but I was curious to discover there was a sinister edge to the work. All those tall trees looked sweet and innocent, however there was a hidden meaning behind their beauty.
When installation artist, Kathy Temin (the daughter of European migrants) joined the March of the Living, she visited Holocaust sites in Poland, and became interested by the logo "Work Sets You Free", which was inscribed above several gateways to the Nazi concentration camps, which are now nothing more than thought provoking monuments. With this idea in mind, upon her return to Australia, she recreated her own monument to the Holocaust with the white forest as a clever symbol of hope and growth.
My Monument:White Forest is an excellent place to take children and will certainly excite their imagination, but be prepared not to let them touch the fluffy trees or they won't be white for much longer. While you're in the gallery, why not visit The Kangaroo Crew, an excellent children's exhibition downstairs?