Sunday, February 21, 2016

First Contact.. 'more than a sculpture, a legacy'.



My parents taught me never make a judgment until I know the facts, I'm hoping you will too. Although at first I did have my reservations about First Contact a new sculpture facing in from the Swan River at Elizabeth Quay after reading the significance of the work to the Noongar people, who were here long before we stepped foot on their lands, I saw it in a new light. Created from an original painting by respected Noongar artist 72 year young Laura Nannup, First Contact 'is inspired by the Noongar people’s first visions of European settlers, whose distant sailing ships looking like floating birds bearing the white-faced spirits of their ancestors'. You can see the artist, who never dreamed her vision would become a three dimensional reality here, (skip 28seconds in).. it's never too late to realize your dreams oui! If you look closely you'll see the city reflected in the mid-section. Hope you're having a fab weekend, take care and stay safe...



26 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this sculpture Grace and I love Laurel. I believe she "caught" the story of her people perfectly :) Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I think I might have said something sarcastic and naughty about this sculpture if I hadn't read your commentary first! It is interesting how knowledge often precludes feelings and action. In this country we have a bunch of unknowledgeable people running for president and it sure as hell shows! :)

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  3. The sculpture is beautiful!! I like what it represents.

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  4. Oh, I do agree with Bill!! Terrific captures as always, Grace!! I hope you're enjoying your weekend!!

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  5. A unique piece of art. I love the contrast of shiny silver with blue water and sky. The view of the sculpture in the first photo is most appealing. Like a phoenix rising from a little boat.

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  6. I like it and I love the story behind it, Grace!

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  7. No doubt we will see the sculpture, which I like, and I will show off my just gained knowledge about it.

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  8. Great story and sculpture. Have a lovely weekend.

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  9. It is beautiful. Thanks for explaining.

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  10. It is a great and important work of art. I read the article that you linked to.

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  11. Hang in there, Grace. I think it's all quite cool looking.

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  12. interesting story behind the sculpture! And very interesting reflection.

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  13. Love this sculpture and your explanation about the ships and their sails wich looked like this.

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  14. It's a beautiful sculpture and that reflection is perfect.

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  15. Hi Grace! Re your question about the moose...it is a sculpture. Cute, too.

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  16. 72 year young sounds great, Grace :-)
    Yes, must be awesome to see your work being brought into form like that!

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  17. I enjoyed the sculpture and think it's well placed too.

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  18. It's a beautiful piece of art,

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  19. One of the most beautiful sculptures I've ever seen!

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  20. I'm glad you explained the sculpture's significance, Grace! I think it's GREAT!

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  21. I always try to look at art with an open mind. You don't have to like it all (personally) but at least try to understand what the artist is trying to say. I think this is a great work on both fronts. :)

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  22. Wonderful art and thank you for the explanation Grace..

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  23. I can see the reflection, and from here it appears like a lovely statue, and the story of it makes it even better.

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