Asterisk

Sydney — 2020

Named after the Ancient Greek word ‘asteriskos’ meaning 'little star', the distinctive star shaped sculpture Asterisk makes connections across cultures, time and place. Combining ancient stones and celestial form, the sculpture explores the metaphysical realms of earth and sky. It speaks to human journeys and ancient stellar navigation systems used to guide Indigenous travellers on journeys far and wide. Made from four unique rock types sourced from across Australia, the sculpture's intersecting planes reveal markings that trace the history of the oldest continent in the world. One plane is a composite of stone discovered during new transport infrastructure tunnel construction deep within the earth below the sculpture’s site. This stone, anchored by rock from the North and the West, holds the memory of this land, reshaped to enable new destinations. Asterisk is orientated to Ginan, the smallest star in the Southern Cross, recently officially given its Australian Aboriginal star-name. Situated on Cadigal and Kameygal land, welcoming visitors at the entrance to new sculpture parklands, Asterisk is a modern compass placing equal value on different perspectives.