Collaboration sculpture – John Gardner & Helena Lillywhite
Aluminium on timber plinth
194x70x40cm including plinth
“Adam” is a collaboration between Artists John Gardner and Helena Lillywhite. Together they previously collaborated on a sculpture of Juanita Nielsen out of respect to her and her brave stance against big time building developers in the Potts Point area and surrounds. This stance is believed to have ultimately cost her her life.
Following in this vein, they decided to create a similar portrait of Adam Goodes in support for his fortitude, perseverance and strength of character while becoming a target of racial abuse during his time in the Australian Football League. Because it was so public, his story has now helped to highlight the sensitivity of this situation and brought awareness to the effects and devastation that words can cause.
He unwittingly has helped to pave the way towards educating others and showing how racist behaviour is unacceptable and that we need to move forward together in unity.