Poetic sails

Shelter, a cloth, resin, steel, and concrete installation by university student Sam Alaee, is one of the poetry sculptures featured at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Sam has used Les Murray’s poem Late Summer Fires and Mary Gilmore’s The Myall in Prison. Echoing the lightness of Sydney’s iconic sails, the form of the canopies depicts the inner tension and imagery of the poems. The installation encourages the audience to move about the poems as if to urge a confident step forward in spite of history. The poetry sculptures are a result of a year-long collaboration between architect and sculptor Robert Barnstone and Dr Gabrielle Carey, a lecturer in UTS Writing Program.