Cadi the Clansman by Blak Douglas


Hawthorne Reserve, Darley Road, Leichhardt
Gulgadya (Grass Tree) - Leichhardt Ward

Artist statement

The botanical name is Xanthorrhoea Australis but here the plant is known as Cadi. I wished to acknowledge the totem of the local peoples. In as elaborate way possible and hence this design would be arguably the first such acknowledgement here. Being a sensitive species, the loam needs to be uncorrupted, which is why we rarely see the actual plant growing happily within suburbia. It is my vision that this be the first of many ‘models’ that may appear in and around the CBD of Sydney. At least this piece may stand as the first quasi monument to the totem of the Gadigal (Cadigal) peoples. It is only apt that this impressive stature stands as homage to the men whom met the British on arrival, standing erect and with spears at side. No doubt an impressive site indeed. With accompanying plaque, this piece will serve as a crucial educational resource for all visitors to Hawthorne Reserve.

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Page last updated: 14 Sep 2021