MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO's public commission, Sandstone Pollen, has been unveiled in the new Darling Harbour precinct.

This major public artwork – a series of unique sandstone pollen sculptures – was inspired by the diversity of pollen microfossils that were found in Darling Harbour, and were later identified by palynionologist Mike Macphail. 

Her ‘pollen morphologies’, combining scientific research and beautiful, complex forms, can be found along the Boulevard Walk, invoking conversation about the story of evolution, of sexual reproduction and the generation of formal beauty.

Cardoso’s work synthesises thought about the story of place and life as it was and as it is at Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay.

Read the artist proposal here