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Blog – The MCA remembers

Posted on April 4, 2012 in News.

Brook Andrew
Warrang
MCA Commission 2012

In the loch
Blood stricken
Time hidden lay lost
Under this place of birth
Under your mind lies a tunnel
Under this stone salty darkness
Forgotten place of docks and ships

Last night, MCA visitors and passers-by on Circular Quay side were the first to see the public artwork Warrang by Brook Andrew, commissioned to interpret the heritage significance of the site of the new MCA building, in particular the colonial naval docks located underground.

To find out more about this work, you can visit the MCA Building Commissions page. And for more general information on the rich heritage of the site upon which the MCA stands, you can visit the History section of the website or purchase Site through the online MCA Store.

Site comprises beautiful imagery sourced by former MCA Curatorial Assistant Lucy Moore and evocative texts by a diverse range of contributors. The following is just a sample of the layers of Australian treasures the book unearths.

'The rocky headland of Warrane (Sydney Cove), had massive outcrops of rugged sandstone, and was covered with dry sclerophyll forest of pink-trunked angophora, blackbutt, red bloodwood and Sydney peppermint. The Cadigal probably burnt the bushland here to keep the country open. Archaeological evidence shows that they lit cooking fires high on the slopes, and shared meals of barbecued fish and shellfish. Perhaps they used the highest places for ceremonies and rituals.
Down below, Cadigal women fished the waters of Warrane in bark canoes.’

_Ewen McDonald, excerpt from Site, 2012, first published on the occasion of the opening of the refurbished and expanded MCA in March 2012

Posted by Kelly Stone

Warrang by Brook Andrew