Sydney January 2014 (2 images)
I’m a little lamb who’s lost in the wood
I know I could, always be good
To one who’ll watch over me
… George and Ira Gershwin (1926)
Before you is a small section of a public street art display, known as “In Between Two Worlds”, by artist Jason Wing, completed in 2011. It forms the centrepiece of the City of Sydney’s upgrade to Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane in the Chinatown district. By day this small service lane is brightened by blue clouds and silver figures. By night the ‘spirit’ figures illuminate the lane with an otherworldly blue glow.
Incorporating wind, water, fire and earth, the artwork references both Chinese and Aboriginal motifs. In Chinese and Aboriginal culture the elements are said to have their own spirits. In the Chinese Zodiac humans are also created with characteristics of the elements. The half human, half spirit figures in Kimber Lane represent past, present and future ancestors. The themes of heaven and earth, the elements and respect for ancestors past and present are universal.
The artist juxtaposes heaven and earth in this artwork. I’ve attempted a similar visual JUXTAPOSITION in these 2 candid shots.
More images from this area later…