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Sydney Airport unveils eye-catching 'United Neytions' artwork

From today, millions of visitors from around the world will be farewelled by a striking work of contemporary art by Kamilaroi artist, Archie Moore, as they depart Australia.

Moore’s United Neytions, which consists of 28 large flags that hang dramatically from the 17-metre high ceiling of Sydney Airport’s T1 International Marketplace, was this morning unveiled by the airport and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) for the first time.

United Neytions will contribute to a strengthened cultural experience for departing visitors and leave an enduring positive impression.

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Moore’s work also speaks to the incredible diversity of Aboriginal histories and cultures in both Sydney and Australia.

As part of a landmark partnership between Sydney Airport and the MCA, Moore’s work was selected from among a number of artists’ proposals by an esteemed panel.

Sydney Airport CEO, Geoff Culbert, believes that travellers are certain to walk away with not just a memorable artistic experience, but a deeper appreciation for the diversity and vibrancy of Aboriginal cultures and histories.

“We’re committed to celebrating the very best of local and Australian talent and showcasing our city and nation’s rich and wonderful stories," he enthuses.

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“We’re very much focused on continually finding new ways to ensure both local and international travellers enjoy a dynamic and unique experience whenever they visit Sydney Airport.

“Our vibrant art collection and award-winning food, beverage and retail offering allow passengers to continue making the most of their Australian adventure even as they’re getting ready to board their flight home.”

Moore, who is recognised as a leading contemporary Australian artist, says: “This opportunity has allowed this series of flags that celebrates issues of place and identity to adopt a scale and status that official international flags have.

"[These flags] daw attention to the histories, voices and presence of local indigenous people on whose traditional lands the airport lies, but also the passages of cultures, pasts, territories, ages and cultural knowledges that airports foster."

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Moore’s work is a major addition to the significant art collection already on display across Sydney Airport’s terminals, which includes pieces by a strong mix of local, international and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

Sydney Airport is also in the process of finalising its first Reconciliation Action Plan.

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