Project 33
Anri Sala

Project Summary

Celebrated French-Albanian artist Anri Sala created an innovative new installation of sculpture and sound for the 33rd Kaldor Public Art Project, which was developed over three years ahead of its world-premiere in Sydney. The Last Resort was co-presented with Art & About Sydney.

Sala’s project transformed the Observatory Hill Rotunda, a site with expansive views from the most elevated point in the city. Audiences were invited to step beneath a gravity-defying ensemble of custom-built drums, to experience their rhythmic, live response to a contemporary interpretation of a Mozart Concerto. Set against the sights and sounds of the harbour below, this musical dialogue animated the relationship between sound, place, time and history on this evocative site. These themes formed the basis of a vibrant suite of public programs presented during the project in partnership with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

For The Last Resort Sala reimagined Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, a seminal piece from the Western canon and a musical expression of the European Enlightenment. Mozart’s score is upended, as if it were a message in a bottle carried from Europe across the ocean to Australia, affected by wind and waves. This abstraction of the score’s structure expresses the way shifts of location, time and perspective alter meaning.

Sala has achieved international acclaim for his works, which explore themes of loss and language, as well as the relationship between sound, space and architecture. These themes have been expressed through poetic video works, live performance and recordings, sculptures and installation. In recent works Sala has explored the complex interplay between live and recorded musical compositions.

The Last Resort
13 October – 5 November 2017
Observatory Hill, Sydney 


This artwork was co-commissioned with international partners Esther Schipper, Berlin, and Marian Goodman Gallery.



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Read more about Anri Sala's vision and concept in the exhibition catalogue. With essays by leading local and international thinkers and creative minds, full-colour imagery and fragments of the project score.


Experience Anri Sala's The Last Resort in 360 degrees.

This resource is designed to help students and educators understand and engage with the themes and concepts of Anri Sala'sThe Last Resort. The kit comprises an overview of the project, Anri Sala's practice, historical and contextual framework, classroom questions and activities, along with a glossary of key terms, and list of references for further reading.

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Anri Sala

Anri Sala’s works of film, sculpture and installation create poetic analogies that reflect on life and culture from different frames of experience. Past works have traversed European contexts, from his hometown, Tirana, Albania, to Germany and France where he has spent much of his adult life. His films balance allegorical and symbolic subjects, presented as simple narratives that often creatively pair image with sound, and explore the choreographic potential of musical instruments and their performers.
Sala has represented France in the Venice Biennale, participated in Documenta 13, Kassel, and has presented solo exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Paris, and New Museum, New York. He was recently commissioned to create an immersive installation for the Seawall House on Teshima Island, Japan.

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Geoff Ainsworth AM and Johanna Featherstone

Jillian Broadbent AO and Olev Rahn

Paul and Roslyn Espie

Danny Goldberg OAM and Lisa Goldberg

David Gonski AC and Prof Orli Wargon OAM

Leslie and Ginny Green

Lizanne Knights and Julian Knights AO

Mark and Louise Nelson

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