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Ken Unsworth’s monumental tribute

In exhibition, sculpture on 24 June 2009 at 7:36 am

Ken Unsworth, Toyland FeverKen Unsworth, Toyland Fever

The Ken Unsworth extravaganza in the Turbine Shed on Cockatoo Island has extended its stay and will now be on show until Sunday 2 August.

Conceived as a tribute to his late wife, Elisabeth, who died in December 2008, the exhibition is one of the largest self-funded projects ever mounted by an Australian artist.

The four large-scale installations are collectively titled A Ringing Glass (Rilke), a line from Rainer Marie Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus:

Be here among the vanishing in the realm of entropy,
be a ringing glass that shatters as it rings.

Another space is occupied by the specially built ballroom that hosted an opulent event when the exhibition opened on 28 May. The 160 guests enjoyed a four-course dinner, a live orchestra and, thanks to the two lessons they all had to commit to, dancing. Footage from the night is being screened in the ballroom during the exhibition.

Entry to the exhibition is free, and it’s open every day from 10am to 5pm. Sydney Ferries stops at Cockatoo Island on the Balmain/Woolich and Parramatta routes – more information here.

  1. Wow, I don’t know anything about art, and installations etc.. but this is quite mesmerising. The placement, and the arrangement of the pianos.. is stunning.

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