World Within, World Without
At 11am on Tuesday the 16th November 2009 an apology was made by the Prime Minister of Australia to the ‘Forgotton Australians’, being children with aboriginal parents removed from their families due to the government policies of the day. ‘Sorry Day’ was for many people one of those ‘where were you when it happened’ moments (in my case standing around a computer with work colleagues watching it streaming on the internet).
This idea of the ‘moment’ has been captured in a work (World Within, World Without, 2010) on the south bank of the Yarra River near the Sandridge Bridge by mosaic artist Helen Bodycomb. It replicates the arrangement of the stars in the sky above at that moment, using subtle mosiac patterning inlayed into a polished stone slab.