Tracey Emin’s latest artwork Distance of your Heart
What fun to attend the unveiling of Tracey Emin’s artworks as part of the City of Sydney’s City Art project!
There was a sudden gap in the rainy morning, a large happy crowd at that little oasis in the heart of colonial Sydney, Macquarie Place Park, and Ms Emin was welcomed by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore.
Emin’s artworks consist of 62 small handmade bronze birds, which have now been installed discreetly around Macquarie Place Park: under benches, on the cornices of sandstone buildings, and on the obelisk designed by Sydney’s original convict architect, Francis Greenway.
The obelisk erected in 1818 is called ‘Obelisk of Distances’ and inscribes the distances between Sydney and landmarks in NSW, and even England itself, (what most colonists saw as ‘home’). Ms Emin described her artworks as giving messages of comfort and hope for all those who feel the effects of distance, in all its connotations.
Being part of the art and cultural activities of the city of Sydney is something that the SSOA celebrates and honours. We enjoy contributing to this theme of making Sydney itself a living work of art, with everyone in it a potential artist.
Every week we have writing groups that involve Sydneysiders from many and varied walks of life – with their only commonality being the compulsion to write and read. The generosity of spirit and unbridled passion for words that is shared in those groups is tribal in its intensity!
With artworks such as Tracey Emin’s, and the sense of poetry evoked by the ceremony to launch her sculptures, it is easy to imagine how inspiration and creative self-expression will flourish in Sydney.
Text copyright Maria Issaris