HIDDEN in Rookwood.

I’m driving slowly and aimlessly around Rookwood, the largest cemetery in Australia looking for something that’s HIDDEN.
With mounting frustration I’m starting to think it should be called lost not HIDDEN, it should be easy, there are, after all, thirty eight unique works of sculpture dotted around a pretty compact part of the cemetery.
For the past six years the Rookwood trust have played host to the outdoor exhibition, established to encourage the public to explore Rookwood cemetery, the oldest, largest and most multicultural cemetery in Australia.
HIDDEN was created with the aim of de-mystifying some of the misconceptions that cemeteries are dark and foreboding places, and after my hour or so of aimless driving, stopping here and there at random florists and chapels asking directions to the information office I’m starting to see the obvious beauty in the place.
Eventually stumbling on the office and with a very good guide map in hand it’s time to explore on foot.
The works are spread over a number of paths and old lanes in one of the older and more atmospheric parts of the cemetery, it’s not a hard walk and with plenty of dawdle time stopping here and there to watch the blue tongues and skinks warm themselves on the old graves should take around an hour and a half to complete.
Some of the works are of higher quality than others, the theme of the show is aimed at encouraging the viewer to reflect on the important things in life and the sculptors have done a pretty good job at that, with references to the cycle of life, fragility of the human body, medication in modern life or the passing away of a loved one you would think it would all seem a bit morbid and depressing but there are plenty of happy little quirks to enjoy along the way as well.
Here is a selection from the show which runs until October 12th.

Liz Brebner: Heartbeaten.

Liz Brebner: Heartbeaten.

Peter Tilley: Hesitation.

Peter Tilley: Hesitation.

Eric Hull: Adrift.

Eric Hull: Adrift.

Laine Hogarty: Celestial Texts- Heavenly Tweets. ( Detail )

Laine Hogarty: Celestial Texts- Heavenly Tweets. ( Detail )

Ron Royes: Untitled.

Ron Royes: Untitled.

Jane Theau: Girt by Sea.  ( Detail)

Jane Theau: Girt by Sea.
( Detail)

Kelly Milton: Natural Gravity.

Kelly Milton: Natural Gravity.

Suzanne Davey: The echo of invisible things.  ( Detail ).

Suzanne Davey: The echo of invisible things.
( Detail ).

Susanna Strati: The shape of breath.

Susanna Strati: The shape of breath.

Joanna O'Toole: Beyond Birth.

Joanna O’Toole: Beyond Birth.

Lee Bethel: Imago.  ( Detail).

Lee Bethel: Imago.
( Detail).

Naomi Oliver: Flotsam.

Naomi Oliver: Flotsam.

Rona Sissons: Regeneration. ( Detail ).

Rona Sissons: Regeneration. ( Detail ).

Stephen Harrison: Two Figures and a Sea Mine.

Stephen Harrison: Two Figures and a Sea Mine.

Akira Kamada: Cantering across time.

Akira Kamada: Cantering across time.

David McGuinness: Come in No. 46, Your time is up.

David McGuinness: Come in No. 46, Your time is up.

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Laine Hogarty: Celestial Texts- Heavenly Tweets. ( Detail )

Laine Hogarty: Celestial Texts- Heavenly Tweets. ( Detail )

Barbara Licha. Passage

Barbara Licha. Passage

Peculiar Anne's collective: Ethereal- Bodies, Ritual and Desire. ( Detail)

Peculiar Anne’s collective: Ethereal- Bodies, Ritual and Desire. ( Detail)

Peculiar Anne's collective: Ethereal- Bodies, Ritual and Desire.

Peculiar Anne’s collective: Ethereal- Bodies, Ritual and Desire.

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4 replies »

  1. what an interesting exhibition, mind you I dont think I’d like to come across that last one if I was there a little bit late in the day!

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