Monday, November 14, 2011
Reclamation: Culture, Spirit and Place (2007) is a three-part mixed-media artwork at the intersection of City Walk and Garema Place, Civic. It consists of two upright metal panels flanking a ceramic tile mosaic set into the pavement. You can see the three parts together on the artsACT website.
The artwork is by Western Australian artist Sandra Hill (Nyoongar) and Jim Williams (Ngunnawal), assisted by Jenny Dawson and Tony Pankiw.
The left panel (above) shows some of the birds important to the Ngunnawal people - eagles, crows, black cockatoos, and owls.
The central tile mosaic shows dancing figures, and the coloured tiles represent the land, the sea, the sky, the earth and the blood of the people. The smaller circular design on the right represents a campfire with people sitting around it.
The upright panel on the right has images of a goanna, a frog and a crane - again, all creatures important to the Ngunnawal people. The green line running through it is the Molonglo River.