The acquisition of Au Karem Ira Lamar Lu - Ghost Nets of the Ocean was made possible through the generosity of Ms Christine Sadler, Sea Swift Pty Ltd, Mr Peter Dexter AM and The Hon Justice Anthe Philippides.
Donations to the Foundation have made possible the purchase of a major sculpture, Au Karem Ira Lamar Lu - Ghost Nets of the Ocean that is on display in the museum’s foyer. Made by artists from the Erub Arts Centre on Darnley Island in Torres Strait, it depicts the sea creatures that inhabit their waters and traditional fishing practices. Brightly coloured works have been crafted using ‘ghost nets’, the nets and lines abandoned by commercial fishing operations that cause considerable environmental damage.
Au Karem Ira Lamar Lu is a reminder of the importance of the sea to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and the need for us to be more aware of the risks posed by environmental damage.