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Sydney’s Darling Harbour brought to life with Nomanslanding

Sydney’s Darling Harbour brought to life with Nomanslanding


Five individual artists from across the globe have come together to redefine the idea of a site-specific work that is both grounded in its place, while able to tour globally.

Australians Robyn Backen, Nigel Helyer and Jennifer Turpin, along with Andre Dekker from the Netherlands and Graham Eatough have created an interactive installation entitled Nomanslanding, to be premiered at Sydney’s Darling Harbour on 2 April to celebrate the Centenary of the ANZAC commemorations.

After a month, the installation will travel to the River Clyde in Glasgow and the former Eisenbahnhafen in Duisburg Ruhrort, Germany – all three cities sharing a maritime military heritage.

Nomanslanding will feature a pair of extendable walkways, floating on the water, which will both end in individual hemispheres. The effect of this will be to highlight to the visitors this notion of ‘no man’s land’, in the 10 metres of water separating them.

The two walkways and hemispheres will join to create an enclosed, chapel-like dome, the result of which will hopefully leave visitors contemplative about the idea of separation and connection, whether it be in relation to our military history or in a more metaphysical sense.

“We are always trying to evoke a contemplative moment in which the artwork connects the audience with the actual physical site, and a deep sense of the condition humaine,” says Dutch artist Andre Dekker.  “At best an artwork creates a sense of place, together with a state of confusion and intense attention,” he adds.

Nomanslanding will be free for visitors and will run from 2 April – 2 May.

Visit the Nomanslanding website for more details.

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