Hidden 2017. Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Worlds largest Victorian cemetery.. situated on the south western fringe of Sydney. covering well over 700 acres. A city in itself. but only for the physical departed. A place of dreaming. A doorway to the next Life. The Life that we are all faceing. with perhaps a little uncertainty. as we rumble along in our daily sleep state. Dreaming sites like Rookwood await our iminate arrival. They welcome all. regardless of one’s baggage. I had visited this resting places of the dead some years back when I was gathering Photo material for an exhibition on the process of “Resurrection of the Soul”. I spent around a week here on and off. a real adventure if one has a keen eye for the 3d illustration’s that the stonemasons have attempted of the flight of the soul. which tomb art shares. just loved the whole process. I am thinking of puting together another of these Photo installations together. as there is so much lovely ” stone art” that begs to be pondered upon and Photographed in this place (state) Rookwood. A later on “project” onto the pile it goes…..
Back to Hidden 2017. I first heard of this annual sculpture exhibition mid last year. and thought. well. It could be a outlet for an installation by me…? I did inquire about applying for their 2016 exhibition ….No too late. story of my life…So this year I started earlier to get my act together to apply…What can I say it was all around mid May that I needed to submit my application…with full details of what I was planning to show ( that is if I was excepted ) well here we go again this was just before my departure to Nth India to addend the annual Nek Chand Outsider Art conference which I was presenting a paper at and also putting on a small totem installation to boot. No time once again. We are all so bloody time poor in the West……change is needed here. if I have time…..!
Susi and I ventured out west yesterday for the final day of the month long sculpture exhubition. What a bloody hoot it was. Westie’s having fun. there was lovely old horse drawn coffin carriers. and beautiful horses of cause. bagpipe bands. local ethnic bands. musical performances….MMMMMmmmm….some good….and others. O bloody Dear. food stalls etc. slide lectures on the early history of Sydney town and its notables. both good and naughty. lovely insights into Australias earlt victorian history. So 10 out of 10 for this. Now the art. here I encountered some real attempts at conveying the theme of the 150 year celebration. only “some” at least half of it looked like an end of year art school student show ………not so much poor in quality. but poor in substance. am I being too critical..? perhaps. but thats how I felt about some of the sculptures. not saying I could do better. All in all another Great. if not unusual day of my Life. I will hopefully have the luck and talent
to exhibit there in their 2018 Hidden Sculpture Walk.
A few Photos. enjoy.
Michael J Wright. 25/9/17