New public art celebrates Aboriginal culture and heritage
Thursday 25 June 2020
Inner West Council’s Gadigal-Wangal Wayfinding art project is almost complete, with the final commission currently underway.
In 2016, Council received funding from the Stronger Communities Programme to commission five art installations, one for each ward of the Local Government Area.
After a critical investigation into the Gadigal Wangal landscape of the Inner West was completed, artists were then invited to respond to the site-specific research and depict an element of the rich and unique Gadigal and Wangal culture.
Gadigal Wangal Wayfinding works:
• Gadigal mural (2019) by Tim Phibs, PJ Simon, Kevin May and Joanne Cassady at Gadigal Reserve, Summer Hill. Reflecting Djarrawunang (Magpie) of the Ashfield Ward
• Fish Traps by Edwards Clarke (2019), King George Park, Balmain. Reflecting Baludarri (Leather Jacket) of the Balmain Ward
• Cadi – The Clansman by Blak Douglas aka Adam Hill (2019), Hawthorne Reserve, Leichhardt. Reflecting Gulgadya (Grass Tree) of the Leichhardt Ward
• Nawi by Joe Hirst (2019), Steel Park, Marrickville. Reflecting Midjuburi (Lillypilly) of the Marrickville Ward
The artist selected for the final Gadigal Wangal Wayfinding commission is Jasmine Sarin. Her work will be in Camperdown Memorial Rest in Newtown.
Jasmine is being mentored by Chris Edwards of the creative team Edwards Clarke.
“The project has already resulted in four beautiful artworks that celebrate the continuing presence of Aboriginal people in the Inner West,” said Mayor Darcy Byrne. “They add to our wider public art collection, deepen our connection to place, and enrich our knowledge of a pre- and post-colonised inner west.”
Visit the Gadigal Wangal Wayfinding Project webpage for more details
For a print quality photo of Jasmine Sarin in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, or for an artist statement of any of the works, contact the Communication team.
For media enquiries, contact Elizabeth Heath, Media and Communications Coordinatorm, 9392 5334 or Elizabeth.Heath@innerwest.nsw.gov.au