Talking Our Way Home
The artwork is by one of Adelaide’s most critically acclaimed artists and Samstag Scholar, Shaun Kirby. Mr Kirby immigrated with his family to Adelaide by ship from the UK in the mid-1960’s and spent a short time at the then Elder Park Migrant Hostel in the vicinity of where the glass boats are placed. The artworks quite literally ‘float on the margin between the intimate and secret dimension of private experience, and its expression in the public realm’. The work engages with significant social and cultural issues in a poetic and playful way, without being an overbearing or pedantic presence in the landscape.