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Penny Ryan explains Opening Hearts as space for connecting to a global human crisis and how the work began in a dream about a human heart - a real flesh and blood one, not the 'love heart' cliche.


Opening Hearts
Saturday 23 October 2016

On Saturday 10 December, Human Rights Day, First Fleet Park at Circular Quay (next to the MCA) will be covered by a swirling spiral of ceramic human hearts: 1468 of them, one for every man, woman and child currently held in detention on Nauru and Manus Island. Sydney artist Penny Ryan aims to help shift perceptions of people seeking asylum by using art to connect us to our common humanity. Her aim is not to tell us how to think or feel, but to invite us to reflect on real changes happening in the world.

Open Hearts website