Sydney Opera House: public art with a message. Image: Adam J.W.C., wikimedia.
Sydney, Australia, location of the legendary Opera House, has launched a series called Badu Gili or ‘Water Light’ in the language of the original Gadigal people. Video art, displayed on the Sydney Opera House every night at sunset, honors the First Nations; soundscapes echo across the harbor. The land of Snowy Mountains will host the series year-round.
Iconic monuments like the Sydney Opera House, and the Eiffel Tower, often serve as signposts for important messages of our world. During the Paris Climate Conference of the Parties, La Tour displayed the goal of 1.5 Celsius. Recently, activist artist Robin Bell displayed messages on buildings bearing the name of a certain politician. In Boston, the Zakim Bridge has changed color as a sign of the times.
Iconic monuments may find a voice in sharing ideas that color our future. What iconic monuments in your area can speak?
To watch and listen to Badu Gili: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMmLRIc6Sgg
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