Art and SculptureA Folly for Mrs Macquarie Armillary Sphere Sundial Boy Extracting Thorn Earth Mother Hope Clayton Birdbath Huntsman and dogs I WISH Memorial to Henry Kendall Sensory Fountain Slit-Drum Thai Bronze Lions Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water)

This amazing sculpture is part of the Sculpture Walk that can be done at your own leisure through The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water) by Chris Booth 2011, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water) by Chris Booth 2011, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW

Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water), 2011 by Chris Booth, an environmental artist from Aotearoa (New Zealand), was funded by the estate of Sydney finance executive and art lover, Ronald Johnson.

Constructed in two parts that speak to the geological and social history of Sydney, Wurrungwuri is nestled in a bed of Australian native plants. The 350 tonnes of sandstone blocks cascading towards the harbour in a wave formation were designed so that plants, insects and birds could make their homes there.

The second component of the sculpture comprises 16,000 quartz pebbles woven into a motif found in rock carvings in the Sydney region. The motif is also depicted on the rare Sydney Shield, thought to have been traded with Europeans in 1788. Chris Booth received permission from Cadigal elder, Alan Madden on behalf of the Cadigal people to use the motif. This part of the sculpture was designed to provide a habitat for micro-bats.

Source: The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney1

Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water) by Chris Booth 2011, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water) by Chris Booth 2011, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water) by Chris Booth 2011, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water) by Chris Booth 2011, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water) by Chris Booth 2011, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water) by Chris Booth 2011, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water) by Chris Booth 2011, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water) by Chris Booth 2011, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water) by Chris Booth 2011, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water) by Chris Booth 2011, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water) by Chris Booth 2011, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW
Wurrungwuri (This Side Of The Water) by Chris Booth 2011, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney NSW

Footnote & References

  1. Wurrungwuri – Chris Booth 2011, https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/visit/map#/tourstep/118
  2. Sculpture Walk, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/visit/map#/tours/8
  3. The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/

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