The community mural at the Guildford Rd/Bridge St site responds to its riverside location and nearby Success Hill reserve. It tells the story of the Waugal and depicts the links between people, place and sources of water. It includes imagery of ancestors in ceremonial dress and is a powerful cultural statement.
Darren managed the consultation, design and installation of the mural assisted by Lawry Halden. Artists Rod Garlett and Nathan Corunna took ownership of the creation of the work with permission from the Swan River group of elders. The artists were assisted with the painting of the mural by a group of local Aboriginal men over 3 weeks.
It is extremely educational as a non-indigenous artist to learn about traditional stories and culture through collaborating closely with indigenous artists. By sharing with and supporting each other, we develop understanding that can build bridges between cultures and within communities.
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