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Aug 27 2018

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


'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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