In the new exhibition at Liberty Place – ‘A Little Bird Told Me’ – the 2019 National Reconciliation Week theme ("Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage") and the issue of environmental activism are revealed in emotive and poignant ways.
First Nations artist David Cragg evokes both a sense of place and urgency with his unique series of sculptures depicting 14 birds native to the places he calls home – Cadigal Land (Sydney) and Wodi Wodi Land (Illawarra).
David’s use of Australian forestry Formply and leftover supplies salvaged from construction sites to make his sculptures highlights a sad irony: that this very same material, which is produced from unsustainable logging and building practices, is in turn is responsible for the birds’ loss of habitat and subsequent dwindling populations and migration.
The artworks also speak to Australians of all backgrounds about the importance of a national movement where we engage in challenging conversations in order to understand our history, heal from its wounds, and find a unified future.
‘A Little Bird Told Me’ is on display in the lobby of Sydney’s Liberty Place from 27 May until 22 June.
Liberty Place (ANZ Tower)
161 Castlereagh Street or 242 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000