Bajirru! there you all are, hello! From the Yanyuwa language of Balarinji’s origin community Borroloola NT
Jinangu awara wabarrangu barra kalu-wingka marnijinju wabudala kari-nguthundawabarrangu jinangu Australia li-wulu marnaji barra liyi-Yanyuwawu awara li-Marranbala li-Arrwangala li-Gudanji jinangu awara Burrulula marnaji yamulhu
Our Country we belong to is Borroloola. Yanyuwa, Marra, Gudanji and Garrawa people.We welcome everyone to this land Australia.
Yanyuwa elder Samuel Evans Jamika
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Cleveland Street Bridge Public Art Installation

Nadeena’s artwork that was translated for the design of the installation shows Gadigal men and women, shell middens, the nearby Shea Creek water system, native Salt Grass and surrounding Sydney Estuary water plant life.

By depicting these themes in a continuous line style, it speaks to the resilience and continuity of both the Gadigal community and Country. The artwork also educates commuters on the importance of Gadigal culture and ecosystem, including a variety of endangered botanical species that can be found in the area.

Balarinji undertook community engagement to explore local stories, sites, themes and local artist endorsements. The themes uncovered included language, moving forward to a bright future, healing, and a place of resilience.

Following this was a body of art workshop with the community-endorsed local artists to explore potential art imagery that could be incorporated into the design. From this workshop, Gadigal artist Nadeena Nixon’s artwork was chosen to form the basis of the design.

The result was a contemporary artwork installation over 90 metres of screening that is a piece of communication in harmony with its surroundings, is connected authentically and deeply to Place and Country, and celebrates the rich and ancient Gadigal culture.

“Congratulations to the Balarinji team for being recognised for your beautiful work, translating my art concepts into the built environment in a strong and cultural way. I’m very pleased that the work is recognised for its innovation and sharing story on Country is having a lovely impact. I’m very proud to be a part of this project.”

Gadigal artist Nadeena Dixon, 2020