Near Kin Kin draws its name, inspiration, and organic materials from a humble hillside farm outside of Kin Kin, Queensland – where prodigious stands of bamboo invoke awe in anyone who stands beneath them.
Near Kin Kin brings a sense of that wonder to a soaring 22-metre sculpture, standing on the forecourt of historic Customs House Square. Viewed from the outside, the sculpture gives pause to reflect on the forests that stood here for millennia, in contrast with the rise and domination of the built environment that began in Sydney Cove with the first felling of trees in 1788.
Venturing inside Near Kin Kin, visitors are transported to a wilder place and time as they step onto a leafy forest floor and gaze upward to the soaring bamboo.
Near Kin Kin is a powerful moment to reflect on the many layers of Sydney Cove’s history, both visible and invisible.
The building of Near Kin Kin was possible thanks to the help of City of Sydney, Event Engineering, Marco Steel, AOR Cranes & Rigging, Juan Fabrellas and Nik, Steph-Valerie-Thaib from the Boo Crew and the amazing work of our volunteers:
John de los Reyes