An artistic summoning for Australians from all backgrounds, highlighting two of the most vital current-day issues facing our nation: reconciliation and environmental activism.
Sydney-based multidisciplinary artist David Cragg is a muralist, designer, writer, builder, photographer, sculptor and youth/disability community worker of First Nations, Irish and Scottish descent.
To coincide with National Reconciliation Week 2019, with its theme of “Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage”, David produced a series of sculptures depicting 14 different birds from locally significant species found in the two places he calls home, Cadigal Land (Sydney) and Wodi Wodi Land (Illawarra).
With works created from discarded building materials (including Australian forestry Formply, which is ironically made by logging the natural habitats of these birds), the exhibition allowed viewers to learn more intimately about the negative aspects of our modern lifestyle on the native flora and fauna and the urgency required in addressing this situation.
Like the issue of reconciliation, the plight of these native birds is a journey that requires challenging conversations and a commitment to walking together with courage.
The exhibition was not only thought provoking, but also provided a colourful and eye-catching public display in the vast lobby of Liberty Place in Sydney’s CBD from 27 May until 22 June.
‘A Little Bird Told Me’ was presented by Liberty Place, and curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery (an initiative of Wiltshire + Dimas Management).