Venice - Official Collateral Event

Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe

Magazzino del Sale n. 5

08 May 201924 Nov 2019

Promoter: Art Gallery of South Australia

The South Australian collaboration “Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe” is the only Australian collateral project selected at Biennale Arte 2019. The presentation by James Darling and Lesley Forwood merges sculpture, moving image and sound in the setting of the Magazzini del Sale, historical stone salt storehouses in Venice. The two recreates a pool from which some thrombolites surface. These rock-like structures, crafted by the artists, were the only living beings on earth for three billion years and created the beginnings of the atmosphere of our planet. Referencing Rugoff’s theme “May You Live In Interesting Times”, the installation addresses the core question of the fragility of our planet through recalling the origins of life on earth.


  • James Darling, Lesley Forwood, James Darling, Lesley Forwood, "Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe", 2018, Courtesy the artists and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, installation view: Living rocks: A fragment of the universe, 2018, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, photo: Sam Roberts.

Related Artists

James Darling

Lesley Forwood


Special Events

Destination: Venice
Where: Magazzino del Sale n. 5
Type: Opening
Admission: By Invitation Only
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Dorsoduro, 262 (Fondamenta Zattere ai Saloni) Venice, 30123 Italy