I didn’t really venture too far out of the CBD when I was living in Sydney, other than where I lived in Crows Nest. So this is a rare picture from one of the surrounding suburbs, when I stumbled upon a piece of artwork that has actually been around for a while.
This piece has been around since 1983. A pretty long time if you ask me! I know there was a planned restoration looking back at my post from October 2017 however I am not sure if this has happened.
The artists name is Carol Ruff, and from the linked article I added to the post above I found the following:
Artist Carol Ruff played a key role in planning, designing and painting the 40,000 years mural in 1983. She explains how the now faded original images pay tribute to Redfern’s powerful Aboriginal history of abundance, tragedy, perseverance and accomplishment.
The salient message, “40,000 years is a long, long time/ 40,000 years still on my mind …” is inspired by Joe Geia’s song, “40,000 Years”. “We were trying to say that even before Redfern, Aboriginal people have been there, have been in that area, have known this country, this place,” Ms Ruff said.
40,000 years is a hell of a long time. It helps me to realise that 1983- the time the artwork was created- was just yesterday. I cannot even comprehend that amount of time, not to mention what life was like back then. No highrises dominating the skyline, none of the technology we take for granted today. And with that, what will life be like 40,000 years into the future? I don’t know what is a more interesting question, as both have their mysteries.
If you had to choose from two time machines, would you want to take a look at life 40,000 years ago, or 40,000 years into the future? For me it would be the future, with fingers crossed that it is a good time to be around.
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