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WHERE EELS LIE DOWN
Reko Rennie‘s Where eels lie down celebrates Aboriginal culture and identity
of the Burramattagal waterway (known as Parramatta River). In it the
simplified forms of two eels rise through the ground. Their bodies are
entwined as they play together. These two eels symbolise the great
migration of peoples that have occurred, both recently and historically,
in the Parramatta region and speak directly to ‘Burramatta’, which
loosely translates as ‘the place where eels lie down’. Much like it was
over thousands of years, these eels will again make the site a place for
gathering; where people, local and afar, come to share stories,
knowledge and time.
Artist: Reko Rennie
Client: City of Parramatta
Location: Parramatta, Sydney, Australia
Curator & Project Management: David Hagger
Fabrication & Installation: Urban Art Projects
Where Eels Lie Down, 2023
granite, aluminium, steel, lighting
the City of Parramatta commissioned as one of two artworks for the $2.7 billion Parramatta Square precinct.
Photography: Document PhotographyJuly 2023