Balarinji was commissioned by Sydney Trains to develop a community-inspired, timeless, contemporary and original design concept for new safety screens on the Cleveland Street Bridge in Redfern. Balarinji was also commissioned to coordinate the fabrication of the installation.
Following consultation with local Aboriginal stakeholders and an artist workshop, Balarinji based the design of the safety screens on artwork from local Gadigal artist Nadeena Dixon.
The design represents Gadigal men and women, shell middens and the Shea Creek water system, along with Salt Grass native to the Redfern area and surrounding Sydney estuary.
The artwork explores the narrative of the Redfern area, examining Gadigal Country that lies beneath the modern Cleveland Street Bridge intersection. The art themes are depicted in the continuous line style, speaking to the resilience and continuity of Gadigal community and of Gadigal Country.
Nadeena seeks to highlight her continuing connection to Country to educate commuters on the importance of Gadigal culture and its ecosystem, including a variety of endangered botanical species found in the area.
Footage by Simon Freeman