Exhibition dates: Birdsland Reserve Sep 25 – Dec 15, 2023
This temporary public artwork is a sculpture and communal seat titled Carabiner Bench (Nature found no fault with me). The form represents a large carabiner shape split into three sections and welcomes viewers to weave into the sculpture and take a seat to rest and reflect. The work was created by Tay Haggarty in collaboration with the Queer Art Collective (QAC) youth collaborator group and is a project of Burrinja Cultural Centre.
The carabiner is a longstanding wearable symbol within the queer community. Pre-internet, this utilitarian item was often seen holding a set of keys and placed strategically on a person’s belt or bag, as a signifier of queerness and desire to connect. The work aims to embody this historic intention and act as a catalyst for positive connections.
The title and location for the artwork are inspired by the many Collaborators who valued the importance of nature as a place of respite. Their sentiment is expanded on by prominent writer/queer theorist Leslie Feinberg, who in her book Stone Butch Blues writes “Nature held me close and seemed to find no fault with me.” Birdsland Reserve made for a fitting location: a natural sanctuary for local and visiting communities. The warm yellow used in the artwork evokes a feeling of comfort in nature, with reference to the natural warmth of the sun.
Through the artwork and accompanying public programs, we hope to create a contemplative community-orientated space where people of all ages can pause, process change and connect.
Check out our public programs below if you would like to get involved. Posting about us online? Please use the hashtag #CarabinerBench