A new outdoor exhibition near the Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney’s Darling Harbour precinct recalls the impact of the 2019–20 bushfires.
This free outdoor exhibition documents the 2019–20 bushfires through the words and images of Navy personnel, Surf Life Savers and residents of the New South Wales/Victorian South Coast. It looks at the immediate response through artists of the Bushfire Brandalism collective, with their works making a strong plea for climate action in the wake of destruction. The fires were unusual in how they affected coastal communities and maritime areas. Thousands of Australians were forced to find refuge on beaches, wharves and boat ramps. The apocalyptic images of Mallacoota in Victoria are now literally seared in our memory. Even the Australian Navy were mobilised to evacuate people, carry equipment, supplies and medical teams to help various coastal towns.
The exhibition has been mounted near Wharf 7 and the National Monument to Migration. It is open now and will run until 30 November 2021.