Map for Meridian Walk

Guest post by Artist in Residence, Lily Hibberd

Lily Hibberd is an interdisciplinary artist and writer working with frontiers of time and memory. Her projects are developed in long term place and community-based collaboration, and research with local artists, scientists and historians through combinations of performance, writing, painting, photography, sound, moving image and installation art.

This blog has been created for ‘Boundless – out of time’, Lily’s month-long artist and research residency at Sydney Observatory. View all of Lily’s posts here and read the introduction to Boundless Remapping Sydney Meridian. Presented by Powerhouse Museum as part of NIRIN, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney 2020.

For anyone who has followed me along the Meridian Line line over the past 24 days and is curious to attempt the walk in person, the map below provides a rough guide to the location of each station. All you need to do is orient yourself following my notes and the coordinates on the posts, from Station 1 to 24.

The project has been created with the support of Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences staff, specifically thanks to the fine editing and insights of Katie Dyer, Senior Curator, Contemporary, and those of Catherine Polcz, Program Producer (Science), who also made the daily posts. I am additionally grateful for the time and generosity of Andrew Jacob Curator and Astronomer at MAAS /Sydney Observatory – who provided the initial inspiration for this project. This project was also only possible because of the sage guidance and good spirit of Paschal Daantos Berry, Biennale of Sydney Curator, Programs and Learning and Co-Head of Communications and Community Engagement, and most of all thanks to the vision of Brook Andrew, Artistic Director, 22nd Biennale of Sydney, whose idea it was in the first place to initiate a residency focused on time and the colony at Sydney Observatory for NIRIN.

Presented by Powerhouse Museum as part of NIRIN, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney 2020.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Image Credit: Lily Hibberd

2 responses to “Map for Meridian Walk

  • A pleasure, Roberto. The walk is intended to be feasible and should be a pleasant stroll downhill. Prior to lockdown, I had planned to perform a guided walk as part of NIRIN, the Biennale of Sydney, with the posters pasted up all along the route. I wrote this blog instead. It’s really great to know someone is actually walking it! You will probably find that many of the landmarks may have changed because I used Google Earth’s imagery to choose the stations and describe the scene. But the coordinates on the posters should be correct on Google Earth. The only part that is uncertain is Station 24 because I don’t know if Marconi Terrace is accessible to the public (maybe via the Town Hall).

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