Submitted by ANAGRAM

Client: Various across Australasia, the US and Denmark.

Location: Sydney, Australia

Completion date: 2021

Project Team

Project Management

Emma Hancock


Project commissioner

Sculpture by the Sea

Sculpture by the Sea


IMAG_NE was initially installed as a temporary installation for Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi where it was awarded the Art Gallery of New South Wales Site Specific Prize.
Invitations to travel the work as a temporary installation across Australia and New Zealand greatly expanded its audience from 2008 onwards. Through various interpretations, the artwork appeared in over thirty locations internationally, including the National Library of Australia and Federation Square, Melbourne.
In 2009 IMAG_NE was exhibited as part of the inaugural Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus, Denmark, a project that was patronised by the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark.
In mid-2019 a large-scale and permanent version of IMAG_NE was fabricated for the City of Santa Clarita, California. In 2021 a second permanent interpretation was installed for the City of Port St. Lucie in Florida.


IMAG_NE was envisaged as an interactive and temporary installation for public space. As it travelled from location to location, it gained new layers of meaning that were determined by each site's unique context and geographic features.


IMAG_NE was conceived by Australian-born artist Emma Anna. The tour of the artwork from 2008 onwards was initially supported by Sculpture by the Sea, who commissioned the work for their Bondi (Sydney), Cotttesloe (Perth) and Aarhus (Denmark) exhibitions.
From 2010 onwards IMAG_NE was commissioned by local government and commercial entities across Australia, New Zealand and the USA as a temporary pop-up installation, often tied to programming of local cultural events and community initiatives.
The project was managed by ANAGRAM who arranged all aspects of the touring work including contracts and financial management, logistics and maintenance.

Additional Information

IMAG_NE forms part of a site of works by Emma Anna entitled 'Wordplay' that explore ideas related to concrete poetry, the collective imagination and the power of words.