Rain Coming - South Hobart

Rain Coming

Rain Coming, 2019, in South Hobart, by Alex Miles. Photo credit: Andrew Wilson Photography

Built around the statement “…through stronger connections with nature and with each other we become more resilient,” a new public artwork, entitled Rain Coming, was installed in the linear park running beside the Hobart Rivulet in late 2019. Commemorating the May 2018 flood event, and celebrating community resilience, the sculpture features an abstract portrayal of a family of black cockatoos flying down the hill and landing in an area where flood levels were at an extreme.

“Many believe that when the black cockatoos fly down from the mountain, it is a sign that rain is on its way,” artist Alex Miles says when explaining her concept for the work.

At the point where the birds are situated, fragments of stories, experiences and reflections from local residents are inscribed into the existing sandstone paving. Stories and responses were gathered from local residents via a public call-out.

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The permanent artwork was commissioned as part of the City of Hobart's Resilient Hobart program, which is assisting the ongoing flood recovery effort through projects that connect and strengthen the community. It was jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Photo credit: Andrew Wilson Photography