Arts & Entertainment

Sea of Hands at Barangaroo

The first Sea of Hands appeared in front of Parliament House in Canberra in 1997. This year, ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) is creating another in the shadows of a Sydney landmark, the Harbour Bridge.

Barangaroo was a major figure in early colonial history, and the park that bears her name will host 16,000 hands representing justice, rights and respect for indigenous people. The site resonates with symbolism. The Opera House is situated on a point named after Barangaroo’s husband, Bennelong, and the bridge was the location of the largest demonstration in our country’s history, the Reconciliation Walk of 2000.

Artist Brenda L Croft, from the Gurindji/Malngin/Mudpurra peoples of the Northern Territory, has created an innovative version of the iconic installation. It has been inspired by early paintings of Eora men and features the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags. Spectators are invited to participate by planting a hand. By doing so, they join over 300,000 others who support recognition and support of the indigenous population.
The interactive exhibit is designed to be the biggest one of its kind this century.

Visitors who wish to learn more about the Aboriginal history of the area can find information at the ANTaR booth or book a cultural tour.
The artist and organisers welcome everybody’s involvement in this important event, which will be a potent demonstration of unity and hope for the city and the nation. (LR)

May 27–Jun 5, 10am–4pm. Barangaroo Reserve, Hickson Road, Barangaroo. Free. Info: antar.org.au or barangaroo.com