YININMADYEMI Thou didst let fall by Aboriginal artist Tony Albert is a significant new artwork launched last month in Hyde Park. You can listen to the incredible personal story behind this artwork from your mobile.
iBeacons located near the artwork, communicate with users of the City’s Sydney Culture Walks app via Bluetooth technology and prompt them to listen to the story of the artist’s grandfather, Eddie Albert. Eddie served in World War II and was captured along with six others by Italian soldiers after their escape from a POW camp in Germany.
Composed of four imposing marble and steel standing bullets and three fallen shells, the public artwork commemorates those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander diggers who survived and those who never returned home.
Sydney Culture Walks app users will able to hear the moving story that inspired Albert’s compelling artwork – which speaks to the fate of Aboriginal soldiers, who received a very different treatment to their white comrades upon their return from service.
The artist Tony Albert, whose family are Girrimay, Yidinji and Kuku Yalandji, from Far North Queensland and have over 80 years combined military service said,
I feel the most powerful artworks relating to war are those that use bold and evocative images to stir strong emotions in visitors,
YININMADYEMI Thou didst let fall is one of seven City Art public artworks being commissioned as part of the City’s Eora Journey: Recognition in the Public Domain program, curated by Hetti Perkins. The initial research on the story of Eddie Albert was completed by Trisha Albert, author of Unsung Heroes.
Hear the story of YININMADYEMI Thou didst let fall by downloading the free Sydney Culture Walks App.