Goodman identified an opportunity to listen, learn and walk alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to ensure its activities support continuing connection to land, waters, cultures, languages and traditions.
The artwork was created to recognise the history that connects a place and people. It references raw materials like timber, grass and ochre. Layers signal the story of past, present and future. The U shapes are a traditional symbol representing people, facing opposite directions to denote male and female. The centre circles are a traditional symbol representing a meeting place, in this case, Goodman.
Using lines, the artwork demonstrates the traditional craft of weaving and the use of natural materials. When something is woven it becomes stronger; it brings in an element of strength and growth.
The horizontal lines represent the earth, Mother Earth, layers of earth, time and history. The vertical lines add a new layer of history. These lines are not complete – a nod to Goodman’s RAP journey which is still in progress.