In September 2014 Council launched Aly de Groot’s Intertwined commission at the entrance to East Point Reserve. This public art commission has provided Council an opportunity to secure a major work of excellence, adding to Darwin’s cultural collection and fulfilling Council’s goals to support the growth and development of the arts. Council continues to build on this commitment with the launch of the Darwin Public Art Pilot Plan in 2016 and a further public art commission for the Parap Pool Redevelopment (currently in Design Development stage).
Box jellyfish are an extremely beautiful representation of Darwin’s unique fauna, often found in East Point Reserve marine area. These large woven jellyfish forms were made from reclaimed rope collected whilst working on a ghost-net weaving project with Indigenous rangers and school children in coastal North-East Arnhem Land. Larrakia Elder, Bilawara Lee, joined me to weave the jellyfish which were then permanently embodied in metal by Cyprus born bronze sculptor, Philip Pipredes. Aly de Groot
Marrying the old with the new and the traditional with the contemporary, through its cross-cultural collaboration Intertwined celebrates Darwin, the environment and the rich diversity of its people.
The artwork was fabricated in Phillip Piperides’ foundry. Cyprus born Piprides is an internationally acclaimed fine art sculptor. Recipient of the Churchill Fellowship in 1990 in recognition of his achievements with bronze, his experience and passion has allowed my ethereal woven forms to become permanently embodied in bronze in a way that has never been achieved. Aly de Groot was joined by Larrakia Elder, Bilawara Lee, who is a respected healer and teacher with more than 62 years of experience working, living and being part of a very large, vibrant, Aboriginal family in Darwin. Bilawara ceremoniously prepared and smoked the creative space in the foundry with cockatoo feathers and burnt sage, to set a beautiful and focused start to the project.
Launch of Intertwined, entrance to East Point Reserve