Australia’s largest sustainable public art commission

Australia’s largest sustainable public art work will be installed at Barangaroo. We spoke with the artists from the Erub about their climate message.

No greater is the impact of our global climate challenge felt than by our neighbouring Pacific Islands. Among them is Erub (Darnley Island) situated in the eastern part of the Torres Strait, near the Great Barrier Reef.

It has a single grocery store, a school and health centre, and many of its inhabitants continue to speak the traditional language, Meriam Mir. But despite its remoteness, Erub artists have taken their message to the world through artworks created from ‘ghost nets’ – fishing nets that have been dislodged from their moorings, abandoned or discarded.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina