Five Australian Rules football players were strung up in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria last Sunday 5 June 2022 as part of RISING, Melbourne’s premiere winter arts festival taking over the city in a celebration of art, music, performance, and food until 12 June 2022.

afl stars strung up in rope at the ngv

Still Lives: Melbourne by ropework artists Luke George and Daniel Kok captured an iconic AFL football moment in time. Players transformed into living sculptures, recreating the 2011 mark of the year by AFL legend Andrew Krakouer (Minang and Inggarda).

Former AFL player Jasper Pittard (North Melbourne, Port Adelaide) and LGBTQI advocate Jason Ball with Jim Marks, Annie Mack and Simona Castricum were bound by rope for this performance installation, brought the players into the air over the course of the afternoon.

afl stars strung up in rope at the ngv

Andrew Krakouer took home the 2011 Mark of the Year award for his spectacular high mark for Collingwood against Adelaide in Round 9 of that year, leaping over Adelaide’s Luke Thompson to claim the long left foot kick from Magpie Dale Thomas.

Images by Tim Carrafa supplied by NGV

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