Seven Sisters sculpture
Public Art: Seven Sisters sculpture
Sculptor: © Amanda Feher
Sculptor's Website: www.amandafeher.com.au
Artist: © Karen Doolan
Description: The stainless steel sculpture of the
Seven Sisters evolved from Aboriginal artist Karen Doolan's sketches and her passionate telling of this Aboriginal
women’s dreaming story. Each of the seven sisters has a star on their head, as a reference to the constellation.
The shaping and curves of each sister give the appearance of movement and most importantly, emphasising their
ethereal nature and departure from the earth heading back toward the heavens. The women are luminated at night by a
series of lights placed at the base of the group.
Sculptor's Statement : One of my favorite photographs of the sculpture is
taken at night, because I feel that the lighting enhances the ethereal nature of the sisters and makes them
look like they are just leaving the earth to return to the sky.
Date Unveiled: 2014
Funded By: The sculpture was funded by the Jezzine
Barracks Community Trust as part of the Jezzine Barracks Redevelopment Project.
Location: Seven Sisters is located at the Jezzine
Barracks, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.
Dance and art are both very important to Karen Doolan and the two come together in this work. The
sculpture is based on a drawing by Doolan, and celebrates women and their importance in Aboriginal
culture. Her drawing was inspired by the creation story of the Seven Sisters who came down from the
heavens bringing everything that was beautiful in the world. This is women’s business
The Seven Sisters Story: In
dream time the Seven Sisters were beautiful ice maidens who wandered across the land and would later become
the cluster of stars we now know as Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters. The Seven Sisters are a prominent
sight in winter in both the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere. Unfortunately, I haven't got Karen
Doolan's eloquent and passionate retelling of the story to share with you but here is the Story of the Seven Sisters and the Faithful Lovers.
Jezzine Barracks Redevelopment Project :
The Jezzine Barracks / Kissing Point / Garabarra precinct is a former military site and home of
Traditional Owners, the Wulgurukaba people and the Bindal people.
In July 2009 the Commonwealth Government handed over the 15 hectares of the former Jezzine Barracks
to the Townsville City Council to ensure that the historic site would not be sold to commercial interests, but
would be preserved and appropriately developed in the public interest.
The Jezzine Barracks Redevelopment Project commemorates both the military and Aboriginal heritage
of the Jezzine Barracks, Kissing Point and Garabarra. One of the highlights of the project is the 33 specially
commissioned public artworks at the Kissing Point headland. The public artworks were created by 13 Aboriginal and
11 non-Aboriginal artists from Townsville, North Queensland and Queensland, all inspired by either Aboriginal
stories or military history .
Twenty of the installations are inspired by traditional Aboriginal elders stories. The stories were
originally depicted in drawings produced by the Aboriginal artists, then in collaboration with installation artists
were developed into public sculptures.
Eight of the works are inspired by the the military history of the site and the Kennedy
Acknowledgements: Thank you to Amanda Feher for so
kindly providing the images of your inspiring and touching work.