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Artwork encourages engagement with local community.

“One of the lessons that came through was the local community really wants people to engage here. They don’t want it just to be a tourist attraction where people just take a photo and don’t engage with the people.” – Brook Andrew

A decision was made to commission a new building by architect Andrew Burns, including an integrated permanent art installation by Brook Andrew. Andrew’s installation, Mountain Home – Dhirrayn Ngurang, combines a black-and-white pattern with neon. The work sits on a flat panel which folds out to stand opposite a mirrored wall. The white neon text featured in the work is a haiku poem written by the artist following his extensive interviews with the locals. The message, which can only be read when the viewer looks into the mirror and is drawn into its reflection of the surrounding area, encourages the viewer to develop a deeper connection with the local community.

Investigator
Brook Andrew

Funded by
The Agency for Cultural Affairs
The Australia Council for the Arts
Arts Victoria

Mountain Home – Dhirrayn Ngurang

Neon, glass, mirror and wood, dimensions variable
Permanent installation at Australia House, Urada, Japan.
Commissioned for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennali

Mountain Home – Dhirrayn Ngurang
Mountain Home – Dhirrayn Ngurang
Mountain Home – Dhirrayn Ngurang
Mountain Home – Dhirrayn Ngurang
Mountain Home – Dhirrayn Ngurang
Mountain Home – Dhirrayn Ngurang
Mountain Home – Dhirrayn Ngurang
Mountain Home – Dhirrayn Ngurang
Mountain Home – Dhirrayn Ngurang
Mountain Home – Dhirrayn Ngurang
Mountain Home – Dhirrayn Ngurang
Mountain Home – Dhirrayn Ngurang
Mountain Home – Dhirrayn Ngurang

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