Commissioned in partnership with HOTA Gallery and supported by Artwork Transport, the 2020 Commission was awarded to Sri Lankan born, Gadigal Country/Sydney based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran.

Known for creating rough-edged, vibrant, new age idols, Nithiyendran’s sculptures explore the politics of sex, the monument, gender and religion. His specific references to multi-gendered icons mythologise gender-fluid realms of new possibilities.

Nithiyendran’s work is held in various collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Ian Potter Museum of Art and the Shepparton Art Museum. 

The six metre high, site specific work, Double-faced avatar with blue figure now welcomes visitors at the entrance to HOTA Gallery, newly opened in 2021.