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Take a look inside interactive artwork Four Thousand Fish

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January 17, 2018
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Head down to Barangaroo Reserve to see our large-scale art installation Four Thousand Fish in action.
The artwork commemorates and makes amends for a day during early colonisation, when British settlers netted an excessive four thousand fish in one day. It was more than the settlers were able to eat, so they distributed the excess fish to the Indigenous men of the surrounding area; managing in one fell swoop to both upset the delicate ecosystem of the Harbour, and to also undermine the role of the Aboriginal fisherwomen as the main food providers for their community.

Barangaroo, the community leader and fisherwoman after whom the Reserve is named, was angered by the settlers’ rash over-fishing, so it’s fitting that Barangaroo Reserve should play host to an artwork that will symbolically return those fish to the Harbour in the form of ice sculptures.

“We’re returning the four thousand fish to the Harbour because they never should have been taken in the first place,” curator Emily McDaniel told NITV.

Watch the video below for a look at how the artwork operates, and how you can participate. Head to Barangaroo Reserve between 4pm and 9pm on the weekends of 20 to 21 and 26 to 28 January to make your own ice sculpture, or stop by after 7pm each day to see the ceremonial fire lit inside the recreated traditional nawi canoe, as the sun sets behind it.

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