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Invitation: Public Artwork Participation
This is a rare and a fun art experience where you can help to create a commemorative public artwork to honour, Barangaroo, the influential and resilient Aboriginal (Cammeraygal) woman fisherwomen of Sydney Harbour.
This is a special invitation to invite you to visit Nawi Cove and create your own frozen fish using sea water and a cast mould. In the process, you will feel connected to the country and learn something about sustainability of our ecosystem.
Event Date: Friday 5 January 2018 to Sunday 28 January 2018
In 1790 British colonists hauled in an excessive four thousand fish in one day, disrupting the delicate ecosystem that the accomplished Aboriginal fisherwomen of Warrane (Sydney Harbour) had preserved for millennia, and undermining the women's status as the main food providers for family and community.
The aim of the Four Thousand Fish is to see people from all walks of life coming together to create frozen fish sculptures from the water surrounding Barangaroo Reserve. At sunset, you will see the ice sculpture return to its liquid state as part of an aboriginal ceremony.
Across each weekend of the Festival, you can help return the ice sculptures to an artist's modern interpretation of a traditional nawi (bark canoe) with a fire lit inside, where the heat and the setting sun will slowly melt and return the frozen fish to the Harbour.
The nawi fire installation without the ice fish sculptures can be seen every day during the Festival between 7pm -10pm. However, to take part in the returning of the fish, I would suggest scheduling your visit to coincide with sunset on a Saturday or Sunday or the 5 & 26 of January.
Access to the artwork on Nawi Cove is via a floating pontoon. Please be aware, at low tide the gangway accessing this pontoon will be at its steepest. Patrons with walking difficulties or those in wheelchairs who wish to take advantage of the easier access provided by high tide should consider scheduling their visit for the following dates and times:
Saturday 13 January 7pm Sunday 14 January 8pm
Friday 26 January 4.30pm Saturday 27 January 5.30pm
Sunday 28 January 6.30pm
At all other times, staff will be available to assist visitors.
Admission & Participation Costs:FREE
For more Sydney Festival 2018 Program, see HERE.