Current MFA Student Penny Ryan has been championing a
heartwarming project which will culminate in the installation, Opening Hearts.
Over the past six months Penny has been running workshops where over 400 people
have made 1468 ceramic human hearts representing the number of people in
detention on Manus Island and in Nauru.
Opening Hearts will display the individual hearts wrapped in
cloth and placed in a spiral formation. The hearts will be arranged in a spiral
formation in First Fleet Park, by the Museum of Contemporary Art, on
International Human Rights Day, December 10. The public will be invited to walk
into the spiral and unwrap a heart as an act of welcome, quietly allowing
reflection on how we are connected with those seeking asylum from conflict and
persecution. Check out this article by The Sydney Morning Herald which
interviews Penny about this important project.