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“Edge of the Trees” by Janet Laurence and Fiona Foley

"Edge of the Trees" by Janet Laurence and Fiona Foley

“Edge of the Trees” by Janet Laurence and Fiona Foley

“Edge of the Trees” is a collaborative public art installation created by artist Janet Laurence and Fiona Foley. The artwork is constructed with 29 vertical pillars made from different materials such as wood, steel, and sandstone collaborating with other organic materials and sound elements. This public art installation evokes the cultural and physical history of the site.

The intention of “Edge of the Trees” is to interpret and make reference to the past: the indigenous, the displaced, and the land. The artwork symbolises the interaction between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people at this site, which was a significant site of early contact. The artwork delivers multiple layers of memories through the language of materials, naming, mapping and memories.

"Edge of the Trees" by Janet Laurence and Fiona Foley

View of one of the timber pillars with Latin and Aboriginal language engravings

Janet Laurence is a Sydney based Australian artist whose work explores our relationship to the natural world, often from an architectural context. She has exhibited in galleries and outside in site-specific projects, involving collaborations with architects, landscape architects and environmental scientists.

Fiona Foley is a contemporary Indigenous Australian artist who uses her art to explore the tensions between sex, race and history and their various constructions.

Edge of the Trees

  • Title:               Edge of the Trees
  • Artist:             Janet Laurence in collaboration with Fiona Foley
  • Year:               1995
  • Type:              Sculpture
  • Medium:        Sandstone, wood, steel, oxides, shells, honey, bones, zinc, glass, sound
  • Museum:        Museum of Sydney

Janet Laurence

  • Name:              Janet Laurence
  • Born:                1947 – Sydney, Australia
  • Nationality:     Australian

Fiona Foley

  • Name:              Fiona Foley
  • Born:                1964 – Badtjala, Fraser Island, Queensland.
  • Nationality:     Australian

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