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Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney Australia — 2013

Stationed like a cross or compass on a rocky outcrop beside the Pacific Ocean, the gloss-black granite x links prehistory, ecology and the politics of place. Rendered as a primitive form, the stone marker points to Aboriginal rock etchings and caves, spiritual and ancient sites: hidden treasure – protected and marked ‘x’ on the site map. Like the anonymous signatures of indigenous peoples on historic documents transacting land and rights, the x-form is drawn on the earth in the manner of a hand-made mark – one line crossing the other, anchoring past and present.