Imag_ne Public Artwork at Cabarita Park

Imag_ne Cabarita park
Imag_ne Cabarita park

Internationally renowned artist, Emma Anna's artwork Imag_ne has been installed at Cabarita park. This installation aims to inspire the local community to imagine the many uses and opportunities The Conservatory will deliver when it opens this year. 

Background to Imag_ne

"Imagination is more important than knowledge…knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world." - Albert Einstein.

Originally conceived as the major project to support Emma Anna’s work towards a Masters in Public Art, Imag_ne has now been exhibited across Australia and internationally.  

The artwork is composed of large wordplay letters that spell out the word 'imagine’, although the second ‘i’ of the word is missing. This absence operates as a blank canvas, inviting the audience to physically engage with the work in order to complete the word.

Imag_ne debuted as part of Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi in late 2008, where it was awarded the SXS / Art Gallery of NSW Site Specific Prize. The work was then exhibited as part of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe in March 2009 and as part of the Streets of Melbourne Festival at Federation Square in Melbourne in January 2009.  

Imag_ne was a key work in the inaugural Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus in Denmark staged in June 2009. More than 600,000 patrons visited SXS Denmark, making it the largest outdoor cultural event in Denmark’s history. Conceived as a unique cultural marriage between Australia and Denmark, the event patrons - Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary - had a long-held desire to bring SXS to Denmark.  

In Denmark, Imag_ne earned its reputation as a global work and was photographed extensively, proving as popular with the locals as it had in Australia.

Recently, Imag_ne has been shown as part of the Swell Sculpture Festival at Currumbin Beach and the Gold Coast Airport. A version of the work has also been commissioned by the City of Greater Dandenong in outer Melbourne for a unique six-year, 12-site program of temporary installations.  

From the seed of an idea, to a fully realised concept, to an internationally exhibited and highly acknowledged work, Imag_ne continues to inspire and delight a diverse public audience.  

The Artist

Emma Anna 
Born Sydney, 1975

Emma Anna is a visual artist, creative producer and freelance journalist whose work draws upon a diverse range of professional and personal experience. Prior to establishing her independent practice ANAGRAM in 2007, Emma worked as a senior designer and communications specialist within the design and architecture industries. This professional experience, combined with her tertiary qualifications in communications, graphic design and public art, are a unique combination that have enabled Emma to establish a successful independent career, working both nationally and internationally across a range of media.

Emma completed a Masters of Art (Art in Public Space) at RMIT University in late 2009. Her MA project Imag_ne was originally exhibited as part of Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi in 2008. Invitations to exhibit Imag_ne nationally, and internationally as part of the inaugural Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus, Denmark, have greatly expanded the audience for this work.  

Emma has worked for local councils in a number of Australian states creating public projects with an emphasis on text, colour, modes of communication and the idea of ‘the mass’. She uses tools of language, popular culture, humour, universal symbolism and everyday technologies to help define both place and community.

Emma has held several solo exhibitions since 2005 and exhibited as a solo practitioner and in group shows in Australia, Europe and South America. Her work is held in a number of international public collections and private collections in the USA, South America, Europe and Australasia. She currently divides her time between Australia and the Caribbean coast of Colombia.

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