In August 2013, as part of the Underbelly Arts Festival, Amy and Catherine presented an installation on Cockatoo Island in Sydney, entitled Nothing to See Here (Removal of Sydney Harbour Bridge). The work consisted of a scenic lookout, complete with binoculars, located on the eastern side of the Island, from which the Sydney Harbour Bridge can usually be seen. The lookout was a black, PVC plastic-clad structure surrounded by temporary fencing and signage which loudly stated that there was nothing to see here.
Upon peering through the lookout’s viewfinder, visitors were presented with a live image of Sydney Harbour from which the Harbour Bridge had disappeared. The lookout’s viewfinder showed the Harbour exactly as it was at that present moment: every seagull, sailboat or picnicker that would be visible from this vantage point was there. The only thing missing was the Harbour Bridge.
Accompanying the scenic lookout was a 32-page, black-and-white publication which contained an essay by Timothy Chandler, an essay by Ben Gook, as well as “Images of the Invisible“, an eleven-page montage of pictures and textual excerpts.
Over the course of the Festival, thousands of visitors to Cockatoo Island came to see Nothing to See Here.
Nothing to See Here (Removal of Sydney Harbour Bridge) is the first in a series of works by Amy and Catherine that will consider the themes of absence, invisibility, denial and removal in an Australian context.
Amy and Catherine would like to thank Two Bulls for supplying this project with their technical wizardry.