Nimmitabel Blues (I’ve got the)

As a footnote to a previous post (The Rhetoric of the Frame) I’ve only just noticed that the new extension of the National Gallery of Australia is itself framed by the ugly basalt rubble known in the trade as Nimmitabel Blue. In the symbolic gap between the old and new, there is this window which marks the transition from the old children’s gallery to the new Indigenous galleries. And there, hey presto, you may see find a box gutter full of the stuff. It beggars the imagination to think that it’s OK to use the same material to re-frame the Gallery’s most sacred and significant work of Indigenous art, The Aboriginal Memorial, and at the same time use it to mark the transition between the old and new buildings. Or just to improve the look of a gutter visible from the galleries inside…


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