Nature-Human Relationship 14 May 2024

Debbie Symons


Debbie Symons is the creator of the spectacular World Species Market ‘stock exchange’ highlighted in Section 1.2.3. I watched it, rooted to the spot, at dusk in Melbourne’s Federation Square over a decade ago and have never forgotten it.

It is most pleasing to note that Debbie has been busy since, creating numerous works that explore the Nature-human relationship, just as Section 1 of T10 does. One of her most fascinating projects is called Sing and was developed while on residency in Brazil (Sing, 2020-21 – Debbie Symons). As Debbie describes it: “Sing is an outcome of my recent international Labverde residency in Manaus, State of Amazonia, Brazil. The Labverde program is designed to develop innovative studies in the cultural field in conjunction with a team of specialists in arts, humanities, biology, ecology and natural science. It was a remarkable experience, and the resulting installation fulfils the program’s aims to promote aesthetic and poetic expressions that boost a conscious relationship between humankind and nature.”

Sing comprises 100 pendant nests, like weaver-bird nests, each with hidden speakers inside that play recorded bird songs (see image above). Fascinating.

Currently Debbie is painting portraits of taxidermied species housed with Melbourne Museum. There is something stilled and poignant about skins and stuffed specimens that I find hard to explain, but I am sure that Debbie’s portraits will capture this and more.

To catch up with all of Debbie Symons’ work, and news, go to:

Works – Debbie Symons

Explore Other Blogs

General 14 May 2024

Feedback on T10

  “I am impressed with the amount of work you have invested…Congratulations on making all that information widely available!” Dennis Meadows Scientist, Emeritus Professor, co-author of ‘The Limits to Growth’ and ‘The Limits to Gr...
Consumption 14 May 2024

William Rees

  William (Bill) Rees has updated us on his latest work, several papers “that review the eco-footprint and describe why I am arguing that the current global focus on climate change -- a dire concern -- is nevertheless a distraction fro...
Nature-Human Relationship 14 May 2024

Roger Swainston

  It was great to hear from Roger in January (2024) that he was back at Ningaloo (Western Australia) drawing the reef and photographing sites he has been monitoring for over 20 years. He was battening down the hatches in readiness for ...