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Melbourne Docklands

Aurora – Melbourne Docklands



Named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora’s inverted cargo net makes a symbolic connection to Docklands’ history as Victoria’s most important port. The stainless steel surface is highly reflective and, at night, is lit from within to create a glowing orb floating above the street.

The artist’s brief was to make a major sculptural work that would focus on the concept of lightness. From certain angles the work appears open and net-like while from other view points it regains its solidity. At nighttime the work will be lit internally, creating an impression of a glowing orb floating above the pavement. The piece encourages pedestrians to walk through its legs and look upwards, to “focus their attention away from the everyday and to reflect upon the work and the sky beyond.”

12000 x 12000 x 12000 cm

Artists / Sculptors 

Geoffrey Barlett – Geoffrey Bartlett was born in Melbourne in 1952. He studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology from 1971-73 and undertook a post-graduate diploma in 1976.

Bartlett has undertaken public sculpture commissions for the National Gallery of Victoria, the City of Auckland, the City of Melbourne, the City of Newcastle, the Australian National University and Melbourne Docklands. He is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Parliament House Art Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art and in many regional, university, corporate and private collections. Bartlett was awarded the Ian Potter Foundation Sculpture Award in 1982 and the Australia Council studio in Tuscany in 1984

Geoffrey Bartlett lives and works in Melbourne.





Where can I find it?

It is right in front of the National Australian Bank (NAB) headquarters, situated in the Docklands. It is at the corner Harbour Esplanade and Bourke Street

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GAYIP – the Travellers

Gayip - The Traveller sculpture in Melboourne, public art


Gayip is the ceremonial meeting of the different Australian Aborigines clans, where they would interact with each other through stories, dance, storing telling. It was vital for many of their social traditions like marriage, trading, settling disputes etc. Gayip is also used to signify community or gathering.

What other apt name could be possible for this sculpture that signifies the Aboriginal Period. The sculpture is part of a larger installation called the ‘Travellers’. The ‘Travellers’ sculpture signify the 10 periods of Australia migration, with a sculpture representing each period. The Gayip is the first in the row that represents the Aboriginal community.

The sculpture is made out of Stainless Steel. Here are some statistics:

Length of steel: 223.5m / Mass: 7701kg / Surface area: 121.6m2/ Steel elements: 198

Artists / Sculptors

Nadim Karam along with an indigenous artist Mandy Nicholson designed this particular sculpture representing the Aboriginal Period.

Nadim Karam an eminent sculptor, artist and lecturer, from Beirut was chosen to design the Traveller sculpture. He created the concept of story telling architecture. He has regularly held academic positions in Tokyo and Beirut, and was Dean of the Faculty of Architecture Art and Design at Notre Dame University in Lebanon from 2000-2003.

Mandy has practiced visual art since 1994 and studied Koorie art and design at RMIT University in Bundoora and Monash University. In addition to creating her own works, Mandy has also been a contributor to large-scale public artworks including the Manchester and Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies.


2005 – 2006

Where can I find it?

The Sandridge bridge pedestrian plaza next to the Queensbridge Street in South Bank precinct. The place was a traditional meeting place for the indigenous tribes. It is located across the Yarra River.

December 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment