Newell Harry’s Circle/s in the Round for (Miles and Miles +1) is an elegant neon wall sculpture in Temperance Lane. Running beneath the coloured concentric circles is text reading, and mirroring, “NEVERODDOREVEN.” Inspired by Miles Davis’ 1967 ‘Circle in the Round’ recording, the work literally lights up the end of the dark alley.
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– Image 1: Newell Harry’s Circle/s in the Round for (Miles and Miles +1)
– Image 2: Mikala Dwyer’s Lamp for Mary – In January 1996 a woman named Mary was abused for her sexuality, then beaten, raped and left for dead in what was then Flood Lane, Surry Hills. She later found out that people in nearby buildings had seen and heard the attack but did not call police. The community reacted with outrage and came together to reclaim the space. Mary’s Place was officially renamed and an artwork unveiled in February 1997 as a ‘memorial’ to the violence that took place. It was the first place in Sydney dedicated to the display of a community’s commitment to ending homophobic violence.
– Image 3: Tony Albert’s Yininmadyemi Thou Didst Let Fall – This artowk references the circumstances faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women when they returned to Australia. They were treated differently from their white Australian comrades who were given land for their service while Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were still having their land taken away.