Justy Phillips

The Yellow Line, 2013. Installation view, Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania

The Yellow Line, 2013

Commissioned by Hobart City Council, The Yellow Line is the only permanent public artwork to acknowledge gay activism in Australia. This artwork symbolises the line around the Tasmanian Gay Law Reform Group stall at Salamanca Market in the vicinity of which in 1988, 130 supporters were arrested by the police after the council deemed the stall 'offensive'. This artwork marks these events as the biggest act of gay civil rights disobedience in Australian history. The Yellow Line stands as a courageous act of apology by Hobart City Council to the people of the city.

The Yellow Line, 2013, a lightwork installed in two parts, each 2400mm x 200mm x 200mm; LED, aluminium, acrylic.
 
FORGIVE ME FOR NOT HOLDING YOU IN MY ARMS
IN THE WAKE OF YOUR COURAGE I SWIM

Images courtesy Jonathan Wherrett.

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