M O N U M E N T
The idea of erecting a monument in Sydney to commemorate the Aborigines
originated in the year 2000. After several months of preparatory work,
the society a r t a l f a e. V. was founded.
This organization's goal, among others,
is to conduct this pioneering project.
We are aware that building monuments has not played any significant role
in the Aboriginal culture and tradition, and certainly is more of a European way
of expressing memory and praise. We know, however, that the Aborigines
recognize and celebrate similar sculptural forms which are present
in their history in the form of monuments created by nature
(e.g., rock arrangements, monoliths, grottos).
The monument, therefore, should be a symbolic gift offered
to the Aborigines on behalf of the descendants of our civilization,
which harmed their sovereignty, as an apologetic gesture for wrongs committed,
and as a sign of respect and reverence for the representatives of this,
one of the oldest cultures in the world.
According to Charles Perkins (one of the most prominent Aborigines),
the indigenous population of Australia expects not only moral acceptance
but also an official appeal for forgiveness.
Senator Allan Rigdeway (also an Aborigine) said: "
the official apology by the state cannot be uttered in anger and prompted
by the sense of moral duty, since this would have only inflated
the unnecessary victim complex.
The Australian society cannot negate the past and must,
first of all, accept the truth. The much belated public request for forgiveness
by white Australians should be a legally valid and irrevocable act."
a r t a l f a e. V. is of the opinion that the crowning achievement of this act
will be the construction of a monument to the Aborigines in the centre of Sydney.
Presently, in front of the Australian Parliament Building in Canberra
there is a monument commemorating the Australian soldiers
killed during the wars in Korea and Vietnam.
However, there is no monument in Australia commemorating
the memory of the murdered indigenous population of Australia - the Aborigines.
a r t a l f a e. V.'s current work focuses on the idea of creating
a large-scale monument in the shape of didgeridoo
- a traditional Aboriginal instrument.
We will provide updates about the progress of the monument project on our website.