'Internationally significant' Koori Floor is being restored

The Koori Floor.
The Koori Floor.

The restoration of the "internationally significant" Koori Floor - a public art project covering 600-square metres of the Turbine Hall at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) - will mean the arts centre will close to the public from September 28 to November 16. The Bellbird Dining & Bar will also close.

The Koori Floor was created by Brisbane-based Waanyi artist Judy Watson and installed 26 years ago. She worked with contemporary Aboriginal artists to engage with the aspirations, values and stories of Aboriginal people from Liverpool and across the region.

"While we regret any inconvenience because of this brief closure, we are so happy this beautiful work will be restored for future generations to enjoy," Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said.

"Given the increasing volume of foot traffic since the Koori Floor was first created in 1994, the need for restoration and conservation has become ever more urgent.

"The Koori Floor is an internationally significant and unique work of public art and its preservation is a demonstration of CPAC and Liverpool City Council's commitment to Indigenous and public art."

CPAC Director Craig Donarski said the Koori Floorwas intended as a statement of historical fact both symbolically and physically, that as you entered the Casula Powerhouse, you were "walking lightly' on Aboriginal land."

"So it is meant to be permanent, and this restoration and conservation work will ensure it is," he said.

CPAC's extensive digital program is still available to enjoy. The venue recently launched an online gallery of hundreds of collection highlights including more than 100 works from the late Casula-based artist Gina Sinovich.