Yellagonga Wirdanginy - Woodside Wall Mural

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My wall mural design depicts our Bibbulmun Whudjuk connection to country, our Aboriginal Spirituality which is land based, holding traditional customs, beliefs and lore that are still practiced today.

Every animal and plant species living in country are related to us through our ‘Boorongur' - meaning our spiritual elder and blood brother relation.

 

 

Boorongur identifies people with strong connections to place and belonging. Swans, Kangaroos, Fish, Turtles, Flowers, Trees, Birds, Insects, are all a ‘Boorongur' to a Bibbulmun Whudjuk person, family group, and/or district.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They identify strong connections of belonging and place. Traditionally, every circumstance of life and death was ceremoniously associated with the Boorongur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our children were taught their Boorongur laws from a very early age and were told of the guardian spirit always watching over their totem, so that they should not wantonly hurt or kill the young of their fathers ‘Boorongur’, for these were their own little ‘ Boorongur brothers and sisters’.

Our ancient sacred lore of nature worshipping instilled our deep understanding and intimate relationship with Boodja (our mother earth) and all that she creates.

Our bodies are fed and healed by her and our spirits live eternally through her. We are one, as such we have an inseparable bond of knowledge and care developed and practiced for hundreds of thousands of years.

 

 

 

 

My centre piece is ‘Yoorndoordo’ (little river eagle/Osprey) Boorongur to Yellagon.

Kwooyar Boorongur - Perth Sports Stadium

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‘Kwooyar’, meaning Frog, ‘Boorongur’, meaning ‘spiritual elder brother’ and ‘blood brother relation’, identifies our people with strong connections to place and belonging.


‘Totemism’ could be called our peoples’ religion. For every species of food - animal and vegetable - is the ‘Boorongur’ of either a group or individual. Every circumstance of life and death was ceremoniously associated with the totem.

Our children were taught their totemic laws from earliest infancy and were told of the guardian spirit always watching over their totem, so that they should not wantonly hurt or kill the young of their father’s ‘Boorongur’, for these were their own little ‘ totem brothers and sisters’.

Traditional Aboriginal Culture held strength in sustainability, through our ancient sacred laws of Nature worshipping.

The morphing frogs in their various stages, created here for children and family to play on and around, they attempt to give an exciting new tactile and visceral experience.

They deliver our sharing of cultural beliefs and knowledge in a way that reflects, as closely as possible, our traditional way of education - youth learning by self driven enthusiasm, involving whole body senses while exploring a natural environment. Necessity for interpretation is minimal.

 

 

Cultural Pride in our people’s youth, strong identity, sense of self and belonging are crucial for our Indigenous longevity, resilience and future.

 

 

Our Aboriginal youth are inspired by our own people.

It’s about maintenance, preservation and promotion and rekindling the flames of culture to grow strong and proud, as the race we once were, through research and all forms and expressions of the arts.

 

I carry a responsibility to promote our culture - nationally and internationally - at its best and most impressive, for our youth who are our pride and our future. This important project afforded me that opportunity and I am very grateful.

 

Wirin - Public Art Yagan Square, Perth CBD, WA.

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'Wirin' is the Bibbulmun/Whudjuk Noongar word for spirit, It is the eternal sacred force of creative power that unites and connects all life of Boodjah (Earth) - our Mother.

Lance working on maquette of Wiren

 

My 'Wirin' design expresses this cultural spiritual knowledge in a tall, strong, 'suggestive yet unmistakable' Aboriginal figure with smooth contemporary lines.

 

 

Wiren public art installation Yagan Square Perth Western Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His 'Gidji' (spear) on one side and 'Mirro' (spear thrower) on the other are seamlessly fused with his arms and connect his line to the earth, depicting the unity and connective continuity of spirit.

Wiren being raised into position at Yagan Square

 

 

 

His powerful presence offers the public audience an interactive visual, visceral experience of these inseparable, inherent cultural values which represent the ancient Cultural law and reciprocal relationship of nature worshipping.

These are the cultural values within cultural Law that our 38 year old Bibbulmun/Whudjuk Noongar warrior ‘Yagan’ and his father ‘Mitjigooroo’, fought so fearlessly to protect during the Swan River Colony in 1833.

 

 

 

 

 

Our traditional custodians accumulated cultural knowledge and responsibilities, passed down over thousands of years, on particular specific care for country, that in turn, provides and cares for all life.

Lance and Completed Wooden pattern for casting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This design signifies our people’s longevity in the spirit of our Culture.

Wiren public art installation Yagan Square Perth Western Australia

 

The 9 metre statue of Wirin is located in a presiding position within Yagan Square; his face turned towards the north where he is exposed to the maximum sunlight. 'Ngangk' is our word for 'Sun' and also 'Mother'. Wirin watches the sun arc across the sky, and, like a guardian spirit of the site, looks out from the grassy terrace and the bustle of human activity within. He creates a strong entry figure for Yagan Square - the 'heart' of the city of Perth and signals the importance of the place to all.

Whudjuk elders smoking ceremony preparations

Prior to the statue of Wirin being raised into place the elders and community leaders performed a traditional Noongar smoking ceremony.

Elders performing smoking ceremony upon Wirin

In the time that has passed since Wirin was installed, interaction with nature's elements has transformed it's surface providing a rich bronzed patina to the sculpture.

Wiren side profile bronzed by elements Wiren bronzed by elements

 

 

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