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Project promises global attention

Monday, 7th July, 2014

New York based Australian Artist Simone Douglas will work closely with Living Desert Reserve Ranger Darrell Ford on her project Promise. New York based Australian Artist Simone Douglas will work closely with Living Desert Reserve Ranger Darrell Ford on her project Promise.

New York-based Australian artist Simone Douglas has returned to Broken Hill to advance her project “Promise”.

Based on the attempts by explorer Charles Sturt to find an inland sea, Promise honours our indigenous people and explorers through an epic work of ice in the desert.

“The ice boat that I propose to build with my team is a testament and monument to the meeting place between nature and culture and the role of the individual in desire and place,” Ms Douglas said.

“It is to draw attention to the inevitable traces left by people over time, changing and transforming nature into landscapes in their perpetual search to define a specific ‘place’.”

The project will start in Broken Hill and finish in Western Australia - importantly the work will be beamed live into New York.

“This project has been in the research phase and I am thrilled to be back on-site and in this extraordinary community of Broken Hill,” Ms Douglas said. 

Council’s Manager Economic Development Andrea Roberts said the installation would create a wonderful international awareness of Broken Hill and the outback. 

“We have seen great cooperation across Council in supporting Simone develop the project. Film Broken Hill, the Regional Art Gallery and Living Desert staff have been supportive of the planned installation,” Ms Roberts said. 

“We have seen the success of installations at the Living Desert with the extremely successful Lego Forest.

“Artworks do attract global attention and generate wonderful publicity. This project opens up the Outback to more than 8 million people in New York State alone.

“The planned installation will also have significant cultural and educational benefits and tells the important story of early Australia.”

The installation is planned for winter 2015. 

More can be found on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoI-dng_NLY

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