Sydney Airport unveils new artwork


A dynamic partnership between Sydney Airport and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia has led to the recent unveiling of United Neytions, an impressive 28-piece art installation. The epic art piece is now hanging dramatically from the 17-metre high ceiling of Terminal One.

Kamilaroi artist Archie Moore is the genius behind the striking installation. Moore is recognised nationwide as being one of Australia’s leading contemporary artist and the 28 large flags speak of the diversity of Aboriginal cultures. ‘This opportunity has allowed this series of flags that celebrate issues of place and identity to adopt a scale and status that official international flags have; drawing attention to the histories, voices and presence of local and indigenous people on whose traditional lands the airport (an international zone/’no man’s land’) lies, but also the passages of cultures, pasts, territories, ages and cultural knowledge that airports foster,” he says.

Archie Moore, United Neytions, Sydney Airport, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art installation

Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert says he was very much focused on continually finding new ways to ensure both local and international travellers enjoy a dynamic and unique experience whenever they visit Sydney Airport. “The work will be a treat for visitors to Sydney and residents alike, strengthening the sense of place. We’re committed to celebrating the very best of local and Australian talent and showcasing our city and nation’s rich and wonderful stories,” Culbert says.

Standing forth as the perfect embodiment of Australian history and culture, Moore’s work was selected from a host of artist proposals. MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE said flags are a potent symbol of cultural identity and this work celebrates the diversity of Aboriginal cultures in Australia. Moore’s piece will add to the extensive collection of art on display across all of Sydney Airport’s terminals that exhibit an amalgamation of local, international and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, reflective of Australia’s unique and celebrated diversity.


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