Posted by: Colin Battersby | April 30, 2010

Footpaths come alive

Footpaths come alive


29 Apr, 2010 05:12 PM

On the footpaths of Dunwich, the white flowers of the bloodwood tree are given their colour by the spray of passing whales and dolphins.

The koala leaves his tree in search of water, marking the beginning of a drought and the spirits of Indigenous ancestors are honoured in an array of shells.

Nine mosaics embedded in the footpath in the formation of Kabul (carpet snake), the totem of the Noonuccal people, were unveiled last week, depicting Indigenous stories of connection to the rhythms and resources of the land and sea.

The designs were drawn by local artists with the Salt Water Murri group, and converted into mosaics by Brisbane-based artist Emma Boys, who has exhibited and installed art around the world.

Dunwich resident Craig Tapp said the design he created with fellow artist Che Walker depicted the Andakal (sea mullet), Makul Jarin (hairy grub) and Billem (parrot).

“The elders taught us that when the itchy grub crosses the road, and the parrots in the tree are calling, that’s when you go out fishing for the tailor and the mullet, and they’ll be driven into the nets by the dolphin spirits,” Craig said.

Straddie Indigenous elder, Aunty Joan Hendriks, said the placement of the artwork was central to recalling traditions from “our barefoot ancestors”.

via Footpaths come alive – Local News – News – General – Bayside Bulletin / The Redland Times.


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