The title of the work references Koori 'marayarrang', carved scar trees, which are incised with traditional cultural designs similar to that found on shields, boomerangs and possum skin cloaks. These designs are specific to NSW and are an important part of Koori culture. Many of the scar trees were cut down and sent to museum collections around Australia. The last major grove when logged filled two trucks. A coin was casually tossed to decide which truck load would go to which museum, hence the title of this artwork.
Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Barry Keldoulis
fluorescent tubes, powder-coated metal, electrical wiring
62 x 35 x 35 cm (each)
Judges of the 2009 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Geoffrey Cassidy (Director of Artbank), Neil Balnaves (Founder of The Balnaves Foundation) and Diane Balnaves (Trustee of The Balnaves Foundation).
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