I Stay (Ngaya Ngalawa) by Jenny Holzer

I Stay (Ngaya ngalawa) by Jenny Holzer, courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Known mostly for her large-scale public installations (incuding billboard advertisements, projections on buildings and LED-illuminated electronic displays, has never made a permanent work – until I Stay (Ngaya Ngalawa). This scrolling electronic display at the 8 Chifley Square building in Sydney features songs, poems, stories and other texts by Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders. Her artwork is visible from a considerable distance in all directions and fulfils Holzer’s vision of the light and language travelling along the column to create an energising presence. Designed by , the building is a dominant sight on the Sydney skyline.

Holzer says of the inspiration behind this work: "The text I chose was influenced by the site's history and particulars, but the themes, such as love and survival, are universal. The first person voice in much of the writing makes the artwork alive and immediate, accessible to many. Writing by Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander authors was most compelling; it illustrates that what happens to individuals and groups, happens to society. The human themes here make this public space integrate and honour the personal.” 

Images courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. 

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