SMH: Why are there 5798 ceramic fortune cookies at Rookwood Cemetery?
By Lenny Ann Low
SMH has featured the 12th annual HIDDEN Rookwood Sculpture exhibition, with NAS alumni Mark Booth, Philippa Hagon, Hyun Hee Lee, Pamela Leung, Joanne Makas, Leisa Saige, Jayanto Tan, Whimbrel Wilson and current student Em Ingram-Shute all exhibiting their works.
Like art, historic Rookwood Cemetery can inspire people to slow down, contemplate life and consider the surrounding world.
With the return of Hidden, the cemetery’s annual art walk, the world within the largest cemetery in the southern hemisphere is enhanced by 55 sculptures, installations, photos and video works scattered between curving pathways, gracious pavilions and 100-year-old trees.
Exhibition curator Dr Kath Fries says Hidden, installed on a two-kilometre walk, aims to honour the cemetery, support artists’ expression and change perceptions of cemeteries as dark or intimidating places.