Essendon Fields | The Atlas Time Capsule Project

In 2019, artist Eolo Paul Bottaro was commissioned to create a major public sculpture for Essendon Fields.

In searching for a subject matter for the piece he settled on Atlas, the Titan of Greek mythology who was condemned to carry the weight of the heavens on his shoulders. It’s a powerful tale of endurance through adversity that has circulated since ancient times.

Now, as Essendon Fields prepares to launch this new sculpture and celebrate a centenary of aviation at Essendon Fields Airport, the theme of endurance has become even more relevant to our collective experience.

Eolo Paul Bottaro and Essendon Fields are providing an opportunity for members of the local community to document their personal experiences of the past 21 months and place them within a time capsule, to be sealed within the orb of the Atlas sculpture itself.

This might take the form of a personal video, letter, drawing or photograph.  This document will remain sealed inside the sculpture for the next 50 years, to be opened in 2071 on the 150th anniversary of Essendon Fields Airport, so that future generations can gain a first-hand insight into what it was like to live in Melbourne, Australia during 2020-2021.

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Thank you for your submission. Your content will be reviewed for relevancy, and if successful you will be contacted and advised of further details. 

Please note we will immediately delete any document that is violent, racist, sexist, intolerant or otherwise offensive in nature.

We will exercise judgement in allowing or prohibiting this information, and selection of material for inclusion into the time capsule will be completely discretionary.

Submissions now closing 30 November, 2021

Please note due to physical size constraints not all submissions will be selected for inclusion in the time capsule.   


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