Resilience and Strength
At first glance, the towering 3m high white kangaroo looks like it’s made of paper, but Totem/The Fragile 2020 is actually a sculpture constructed entirely from wood! It is the most recent sculpture to find a home at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and was entrusted to the Sanctuary by its creator, Australian artist John Anthony Forno, after being displayed on Currumbin Beach as part of Swell Festival 2020.
John, who is known for creating breathtaking pieces inspired by childhood memories, says he wanted the ancient art of Origami to drive his creativity.
There’s resilience and strength in the art of Origami, said John.
As creases and folds strengthen tightly woven wooden fibres there’s always an undercurrent of the fragile as a result of the medium.
Inspired by Tagedy
John drew inspiration for Totem/The Fragile 2020 during the 2019/2020 summer bushfire tragedy, which is estimated to have killed almost three billion animals.
This sculpture is a response to moving and static imagery that infiltrated my social media feeds of the 2019/2020 bushfire season, said John.
A year on, as we move to the 2020/2021 season, I hope this sculpture is a stark reminder of our roll in climate change and the consequences of not acting.