Seven Sisters sculpture

 Seven Sisters sculpture, Amanda feher, public art

Public Art: Seven Sisters sculpture

Sculptor: © Amanda Feher

Sculptor's Website:

Artist: © Karen Doolan

Description: The stainless steel sculpture of the Seven Sisters evolved from Aboriginal artist Karen Doolan's sketches and her passionate telling of this Aboriginal women’s dreaming story. Each of the seven sisters has a star on their head, as a reference to the constellation. The shaping and curves of each sister give the appearance of movement and most importantly, emphasising their ethereal nature and departure from the earth heading back toward the heavens. The women are luminated at night by a series of lights placed at the base of the group.

Seven Sisters sculpture, Amanda Feher, public artSculptor's Statement : One of my favorite photographs of the sculpture is taken at night, because I feel that the lighting enhances the ethereal nature of the sisters and makes them look like they are just leaving the earth to return to the sky.

Date Unveiled: 2014

Funded By: The sculpture was funded by the Jezzine Barracks Community Trust as part of the Jezzine Barracks Redevelopment Project.

Location: Seven Sisters is located at the Jezzine Barracks, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.


Dance and art are both very important to Karen Doolan and the two come together in this work. The sculpture is based on a drawing by Doolan, and celebrates women and their importance in Aboriginal culture. Her drawing was inspired by the creation story of the Seven Sisters who came down from the heavens bringing everything that was beautiful in the world. This is women’s business

The Seven Sisters Story: In dream time the Seven Sisters were beautiful ice maidens who wandered across the land and would later become the cluster of stars we now know as Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters. The Seven Sisters are a prominent sight in winter in both the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere. Unfortunately, I haven't got Karen Doolan's eloquent and passionate retelling of the story to share with you but here is the Story of the Seven Sisters and the Faithful Lovers.  

Jezzine Barracks Redevelopment Project :

The Jezzine Barracks / Kissing Point / Garabarra precinct is a former military site and home of Traditional Owners, the Wulgurukaba people and the Bindal people.

In July 2009 the Commonwealth Government handed over the 15 hectares of the former Jezzine Barracks to the Townsville City Council to ensure that the historic site would not be sold to commercial interests, but would be preserved and appropriately developed in the public interest. 

The Jezzine Barracks Redevelopment Project commemorates both the military and Aboriginal heritage of the Jezzine Barracks, Kissing Point and Garabarra. One of the highlights of the project is the 33 specially commissioned public artworks at the Kissing Point headland. The public artworks were created by 13 Aboriginal and 11 non-Aboriginal artists from Townsville, North Queensland and Queensland, all inspired by either Aboriginal stories or military history .

Twenty of the installations are inspired by traditional Aboriginal elders stories. The stories were originally depicted in drawings produced by the Aboriginal artists, then in collaboration with installation artists were developed into public sculptures.

Eight of the works are inspired by the the military history of the site and the Kennedy Regiment.

Acknowledgements: Thank you to Amanda Feher for so kindly providing the images of your inspiring and touching work.

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