The Travellers 2005

KARAM, Nadim

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KARAM, Nadim


The Travellers

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stainless steel tubing

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10 figures, 750 cm (height, approx.)

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Commissioned by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian government, 2005.
City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection


Nadim Karam, The Travellers, 2005, migration, Sandridge Bridge


Location: Sandridge Bridge precinct The Travellers celebrates Indigenous presence and the meeting of cultures through migration. It comprises ten large-scale sculptures, each approximately 7.5 metres tall and collectively incorporating 3.7 kilometres of stainless steel. It is sited near a former Aboriginal meeting ground and near the landing point where many early migrants stepped ashore. Built in 1888, the bridge is the third to occupy this site, the original constructed in 1853. Each of the ten figures comprising the work represents a phase of arrival, as historian James Jupp has defined these. The figures, graphic and abstracted in form, are Gayip (Aboriginal period); First Settler (convict period); Melbourne Beauty (gold rushes); Walker and His Tucker Bag (assisted migration); Shelter (displaced persons); Urban Wheel (European migration); Running Couple (refugees); Butterfly Girl (Asian and Middle Eastern migration); Technoman (students and professionals); and Walking Sun (multiculturalism). Below the figures, a series of etched glass panels stretch across the bridge as a component in this history of migration to Australia. They record places of origin and other details relevant to the migration experience when this artwork was completed. This work was commissioned by the City of Melbourne and Victorian government, and launched in 2005.