Bringing the world to Australia. One art project at a time.
From creating a living canvas on which to project a new vision of Sydney as an international landmark with Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Coast in 1969, to unearthing the remains of the Garden Palace with Jonathan Jones’ barrangal dyara (skin and bones) in 2016, the Kaldor Public Art Projects have been significant drivers in site-specific, socially engaged public artworks. All of the 33 works to date seek to disrupt the collective memories of Sydney’s cultural narrative.
Operating on diverse and divergent levels for fifty years, the Kaldor Public Art Projects have reimagined Sydney as a site of complex encounters, connecting the city across continents and across millennia. The art projects have both delighted and challenged audiences and critics alike. The documentary will track how John Kaldor first set Australia as a stage for international contemporary art practice – and continued over the next five decades to transform landmarks around Sydney into sites of desire, dreams and delirium.
Kaldor Public Art Projects (working title) is the third recipient of the Documentary Feature Fund initiative. Each film funded through the initiative receives a world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival prior to screening on ABC. Kaldor Public Art Projects (working title) is a Felix Media production for the ABC. Principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with the Asia Film Investment Group. Financed with support from the ABC with Create NSW.
Director - Samantha Lang
Producer - John Maynard
Executive Producer - Bridget Ikin