Bagni di Lucca and Beyond

We have a new elephant in front of the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.

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The bronze sculpture by Michael Parekowhai was commissioned in 2011 to mark the 5th anniversary of the opening of GoMA in 2006 and 20 years of the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.

In “The World Turns”, Parekowhai casts a small native water rat, the kuril, in the role of hero. Along with the traditional Aboriginal custodians, the kuril is one of the caretakers of the land upon which the Gallery and this sculpture stand.

Traditional Elder Uncle Des Sandy tell how the kuril is intrinsically linked to the mangroves that weave around the Kurilpa Point shoreline, which feed it and provide it with shelter, and that the trees, with their strong tentacle like roots, are the source of nourishment for a diverse ecology.

I think it is amazing that mangroves survive so close to…

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