The Rocks Procession (Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority)
With sculptor Marley Dawson, APE came up with the idea of an evolving parade, which takes the spectator/participants up the southern half of The Rocks, stopping at 5 sites along the way and performing different activities. Beginning as a Chinese Funeral March in Argyle St, the procession weaves it way up the hill and climaxes in the cavernous Subway to Fort St in a riotous celebratory parade topped by the spectacular burning of an effigy at the end of the tunnel.
Along the way, spectator/participants engage with aspects of everyday life, historical events and ceremonies of the Rocks, such as playing fan-tan on the site of a former gambling den, bringing in the dead during plague times and experiencing the daily grind of the ordinary working people of the past: as they collected wood as, they tracked up and down the vertiginous terrain of the rocks.
In late 2011, Co-curators of the event, Fiona Winning and SHFA’s Michael Cohen presented project concepts created by the team of artists to the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority for selection and development in 2012/2013.