Not one sulphur-crested cockatoo nor any of the aboriginal people who first occupied this island was in sight when Johanna Ng and I visited Cockatoo Island yesterday.
We’d met in town to discuss Johanna’s artwork for my book cover. During our conversation we discovered a mutual interest in the Biennale of Sydney so we headed to Circular Quay after lunch and hopped on the ferry to the former penal establishment and navy dockyard, now World Heritage listed site.
When the dockyard closed it laid derelict for a decade until it was rehabilitated and repurposed. Cockatoo Island is opened for business. Much of the evidence of its industrial past was preserved; it is a perfect venue for the art show.
Thai artist Mit Jai Inn’s work was created on site with a massive amount of pigments:
To prove (unintentionally) that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, the 3D printer that was programmed to extrude clay for Scottish artist Anya Gallaccio’s Beautiful Minds had a mind of its own and created – What Is It?
As usual I had to take a photo of our Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House from the ferry on the way home. The smoke is from burn-offs to prevent bushfires.