By Nathan Dunne
Commissioned by Opera Australia in 1983 but never exhibited, the eight works show the helplessness of men and animals faced by hostile natural world
Nestled among the concrete wilderness of Surry Hills in Sydney, the Opera Australia centre is a large but unassuming building, filled with music rooms, building workshops and costume studios. As I’m shown into the antiquated boardroom for a meeting, I see a remarkable set of paintings. They hang haphazardly on the walls and look like the work of Sidney Nolan.
“Oh, but they are by Nolan,” says Tanja Binggeli, who works at the centre as German language coach. “No one really knows they’re here either.”