TRANSPORT ROADS & MARITIME SERVICES NSW
BURNT BRIDGE CREEK DEVIATION NOISE WALL, NORTH BALGOWLAH
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) identified an issue with graffiti along the Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation noise wall in North Balgowlah and engaged Balarinji to develop an artwork to not only deter graffiti, but also enhance the identity of place.
Balarinji facilitated a Body of Story workshop with local Aboriginal stakeholders to develop a narrative and key themes for the artwork commission and identify community-endorsed local artists.
The community-appointed artists workshopped concepts in line with the agreed themes. The selected work was by the late Jessica Birk, a Yaegl woman who was raised and lived and worked on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Jessica has been completing public art commissions since 2007 for various Sydney councils.
Her artwork titled “Shorelines and Storylines” is about the story of place historically, as documented in the area's rock engravings, as well as its contemporary stories acknowledging and celebrating the connections between land and water.
Jessica passed away after a long illness following this commission, and both RMS and Balarinji hope this project will be source of pride and memory for her family.