Kenny Hunter

Kenny Hunter

Originally installed at the Boating Lake in Corby, Black Swan has been relocated to Barnwell Country Park. Click here for directions to the new site.


Kenny Hunter employs anthropomorphism to explore cultural changes within our modern environment, and their relationship to the social and artistic legacies of the past. He often depicts the natural world at the point where it interacts with manmade structures.

The Swan has many symbolic associations, including Love and Partnership, as pairs are known to bond for a lifetime. However, before the discovery of Australia, Europeans were convinced that all Swans were white, and the phrase ‘Black Swan’ was a common expression as a statement of impossibility. The discovery of black swans in 1697 by a Dutch explorer invalidated this long held belief.

In 2007, the writer Nassim Nicholas Taleb coined the phrase ‘Black Swan Theory’, which he used to describe any event that is unexpected and makes a strong impact, against the prevailing view of the time. In this sense, Hunter’s Black Swan sculpture, looking out across the Boating Lake, stands as a metaphor against the prevailing view held by many in the population.

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Image credit: Galerie Scheffel

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