Saturday, February 6, 2010

Ephemeral placemaking art at Bunya Dreaming

Congratulations to Beverley Hand and her supporters in once again staging the Bunya Dreaming celebration at Baroon Pocket Dam on 30 January 2010.

As part of the celebration Beverley and assistants created 4 ephemeral placemaking public art pieces that represented four totems for Aboriginal people from the area – the wedge tail eagle, python, goanna, and king parrot.

The four pieces were located at different parts of the celebration site but all could be seen from the public area on the lake foreshore where most of the celebration activities took place, and all art works were formed, in the main, from materials from the site. The art pieces not only told a story of the people who created it; but also the very creation of the art created energy and a spirit of place for the celebrations.

The dark and brooding wedge tail eagle in flight was about two metres high and three wide and was constructed from a large stump on the lake foreshore and collected branches etc that formed wings, tail and body.

The multicoloured python was about twenty or more metres long and was constructed from grass bound with wool. The massive head was created from grass, sticks, rocks for eyes and a bark or grass tongue.

The goanna was created from bunya branches and leaves.

The one metre king parrot looked down at people passing by. It was created from grass for the body, a palm frond formed the chest, green grass wing ‘feathers’, with flashes of red bottle brush flowers and a bean pod beak.

Beverley Hand kindly gave the OK for ArtSite to do a brief post on the art work. Photos by Barry Smith.

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