On Cadigal and Kameygal land, welcoming visitors at the entrance to new sculpture parklands in Sydney NSW, the star-shaped Asterisk is a modern stone compass connecting across cultures, time and place. Named after the Ancient Greek word ‘asteriskos’ meaning 'little star', Asterisk points to Ginan, the smallest star in the Southern Cross, recently recognised internationally by its Australian Aboriginal star name. Combining celestial form with ancient stones, the sculpture explores the metaphysical realms of earth and sky. It evokes human journeys and ancient stellar navigation systems used to guide Indigenous and European travellers over land and sea.
Carved from three unique stones from different corners of Australia, the sculpture's intersecting planes reveal markings that trace the history of the oldest continent on Earth. One rock is a rare sandstone discovered deep below the sculpture's site during the new transport tunnel construction, salvaged by the artist to make a new composite - 'tunnel-stone'. Anchoring stone from the North and the West, this plane holds the memories of the land, now reshaped to enable new destinations. Visible from a human-made 30mH mound at St Peters Interchange in this new transport route, the sculpture's shadows create a sundial inside a circle of local heritage stone. Marking the change of seasons and indicating new directions, Asterisk invites locals and visitors to interact, reflect, explore and play.