Infinite Journey – Moonbird Series

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Infinite Journey’ – Moonbird Series

Produced and designed by Dr John Parish and Susan Kaden

Bronze: 1.5m high x 800cm x 800cm

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Infinite Journey’ – Moonbird Series

Produced and designed by Dr John Parish and Susan Kaden

Bronze: 1.5m high x 800cm x 800cm

The sculpture, ‘Infinite Journey’ is part of a series of bronze sculptures. The cyclical shape represents the path of the Short-Tailed Shearwater (or Mutton Bird) on its migratory flight path around the Pacific Ocean, to the Arctic Circle and back to nest along the east coast of Australia and the Bass Straight Islands.  The shape, true in value also symbolizes infinity. The infinity shaped main support is twisted into a 3 dimensional shape and although continuous, it changes within the sculpture to represent sails, the moon, an aboriginal necklace and the underground burrow in which the Mutton Birds come back to nest every year.

This series was designed as a reconciliation sculpture for the Flinders Island Council and descendants of the Tasmanian Aboriginals, called “Moonbird People”.  Because of the nature of the treatment of the original aboriginal inhabitants of Tasmania, and their removal from their homeland to Flinders Island the symbolism is handled with strength and delicacy. The abstracted birds represent emotional and physical states, such as anger, capture and submission, at the base. At the focal point of unification we integrated the idea of hands reaching out in friendship – a tentative unity in this moment. On the highest point the birds are symbols of freedom in their existence and the joy of life and harmony.

At the base a Moonbird nesting in the burrow, sits upon a very large egg, its wings spread out in an attempt to protect its future and its culture. Succeeding in the bronze, it projects the difficult task ahead.

Finally the rough sea of the Furneaux Straits over which both white and aboriginal people came to the islands, forms the base from which the ‘sails’ of the boats billow. The halyards extend to become paths or trails of the birds, whilst wheeling in their seemingly “Infinite Journey”.  The sculpture although cast in bronze, simulates in its lightness and delicacy, the feeling of freedom and endless continuity, that watching the return of the birds to the islands, always evokes.

‘Infinite Journey’ depicts our close connection to natural cycles and the symbiotic relationship that all human life has with nature.  The continuity of living in harmony with nature and each other is our hope, our healing.

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Weight100 kg
Dimensions150 × 80 × 80 cm
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