A two by three by four metre sculpture by Adam King, which he calls ‘Faces of Darug’, is currently being exhibited at the coveted Sculptures at Barangaroo on Sydney’s foreshore.
The Ballimore-based Darug artist had many long days preparing his cave-like sculpture after being invited by organisers, Sculptures by the Sea, to exhibit between August 5 and 20 in the Barangaroo Reserve.
The galvanised steel structure features the cut out faces of the Darug people.
“It is hard to all meet at the same time as we all live all over Australia. I live in NSW, my Dad lives in Queensland and some have gone to a better place. RIP. We have babies to elders and also the late Chris Burke’s face is on the project.”
Chris Burke was a self-taught puppeteer with 30 years of experience that draws on her combined Irish and Darug ancestry.
“The faces are true faces of people from teachers, mums, dads or a person who might walk past you on the streets. It could be your neighbour or doctor. It could be a foster care parent or maybe a little baby learning to walk.
“But most of all it is the Darug person being strong and deadly. It’s like having the tribe meeting all together without really being there. When you walk through the tunnel you are
surrounded by the tribe and feel the presence of the Darug clan.”
Adam is planning new artworks based on the cut out profiles.
Adam is actively involved in different capacities with a number of aboriginal communities and organisations. He is also a foster parent to aboriginal children.
At the end of July he received the federally funded $202,620 Indigenous Entrepreneurs Package grant which will allow Adam’s business, Urban Sculpture Aboriginal Corporation, to invest in a water-cutting machine, Metalmaster roll former and a forklift, welding and cutting machinery.
Adam will also employ an apprentice who can learn industrial sculpting and metalwork.
In addition, Urban Sculpture plans to engage other Aboriginal businesses in its supply chain where possible, for example in sourcing material.
“Through the Indigenous Entrepreneurs Fund we are working with innovative Indigenous businesses particularly in regional and remote areas,” the Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said.
“There are many Indigenous entrepreneurs, whose business ideas have the potential to transform their communities, but they just need a hand with the business assets to do the work” Minister Scullion said.
“Through this funding package we are giving Indigenous entrepreneurs a fair go” he added.
“It’s a shame we don’t have an indigenous art gallery here in Dubbo. My sculpture will go to a gallery space in Sydney. If I brought it back here, where would it go?” he said.