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Arrival 2011

Date: 2011
Overall: 510 × 350 × 350 mm
Medium: Steel and wood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with funds from the Sid Faithfull and Christine Sadler program supporting Contemporary Indigenous Maritime Heritage in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands through the ANM Foundation
Object Copyright: © Garth Lena
Object Name: Sculpture
Object No: 00054526

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    A steel sculpture titled 'Arrival 2011' by Garth Lena depicting a group of six people standing opposite each other.

    This work presents a group of Aboriginal people who have returned to camp after a day’s hunting and gathering, laden with fish to share and assembled together to exchange stories. The boat in the midst is logged within dark curved forms suggesting mangrove roots at the water’s edge. On one level the works suggest a lively communal culture sustained by the land and the community’s custodianship of it. Viewed within the context of Cooks 1770 voyage, the title 'Arrival 2011' suggests the incursion of something new and foreign into this contained world.

    Garth Len was born at Murwillumbah, New South Wales and lives and works at Fingal Head.
    SignificanceThis sculpture by Garth Lena is significant in providing an Indigenous view of first contact and European occupation of Australia.
    HistoryEast Coast Encounter was a multi-arts initiative involving Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, writers and songwriters to re-imagine the encounter by Lieutenant James Cook and his crew with Indigenous people in 1770.
    Cook's voyage along the Australian east coast has become central to national historical narratives.

    The East Coast Encounter project asked artists to re-envisage this seminal journey by imaginatively exploring moments of contact between two world views during these encounters. It also brought these events into the present by incorporating artists' reflections on their relevance today, and their responses to visits to significant contact locations. Topics such as encounter, impact, differing perspectives, nature and culture and views of country are investigated.

    In Garth Lena's work 'Arrival 2011' a lively, communal culture is shown, sustained by the land and the community’s custodianship of it. Lena conveys the idea of watercraft as carrying culture and change, as the group members quietly consider what this arrival might mean for their people.

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    Collection title: East Coast Encounters collection

    Assigned title: Arrival 2011

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