AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Balarinji was engaged by Construction Control for the design of bespoke glazing for the Australian National University’s College of Arts and Social Sciences ‘RSSS Building’ project.
The project was co-designed with local Aboriginal stakeholders following extensive engagement with the Aboriginal community.
Balarinji worked with local Aboriginal artist Jim ‘Boza’ Williams in consultation with Ngambri-Ngunnawal-Canberra Elder Dr. Matilda House.
Jim and Matilda drew on their knowledge of local animals, plants and bush tucker by including interpretations of the Bogong moth, goanna and yam daisy in their designs.
Bogong moths arrive in Canberra in September. They travel from the central coast to breed and were a common food source.
Jim paints Bogong moths into most of his paintings. He comments, “I see goodness in the Bogong moths that gather on my Country. They are good eating, and are best cooked on ashes, turning them over to burn the wings off. Maybe it’s the moths that brought us back to our ancestral Country, where I have the right to call myself a Traditional Owner.”