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Perspectives on Place: Bunjil Way

Bunjil Way Mural

Connections, Collaborations and Reconciliation

Reconciliation is about creating unity and restoring mutual respect between individuals from different cultural backgrounds. Collaboratively, members from the local community worked together towards this deep, collective, shared goal through this creative project Perspectives on Place: Bunjil Way, Knoxfield.

This project originated out of an identified need to prevent tagging on the underpass of Bunjil Way Bridge. It has grown exponentially since. After initial consultation with local community members it was decided that a project that recognised the Indigenous significance of the area should be pursued.

Tens of hours were spent collaborating around tables, over emails and by phone, back and forth discussing stories, ideas, concepts and drawings. Artists Jeanette Jennings, James Simon, Judy Nicholson, Bill Nicholson and project manager Jo Herbig have drawn on stories from the creator spirit Bunjil that will be beautifully and cohesively represented in a 16 metre mural on the Bunjil Way Bridge underpass.

Wurundjeri elder Bill Nicholson Aboriginal artist James Simon and well known sculptural artist Benjamin Gilbert worked together over the long weekend to develop a life size metal sculpture of Bunjil which will be installed on the side of the Bunjil Way Bridge. Wings outstretched Bunjil will overlook his animals, made in sculptural form by Aboriginal students from St Josephs College.

Local community members had the opportunity to contribute to this extraordinary project. On Wednesday 3 July (between 9am-12pm) and Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July (between 11am-3pm) the site was open for anyone to come and help paint the mural, sow some indigenous plants, and listen to cultural and ecological education, all while having a sausage from the Knox BMX Club’s fundraising BBQ.

A film was made about 'Perspectives on Place: Bunjil Way' and was aired on Channel 31 in July.

In December 2015 the Bunjil sculpture was stolen and police have been unable to recover the sculpture. Members of the local community have expressed their disappointment at the loss of this iconic artwork.

Update: In early 2016, Council commissioned artist Ben Gilbert to remake the much loved sculpture. Bunjil now stands proudly over Bunjil Way and Corhanwarrabul Creek again.

Download the Perspectives on Place and the Mural flyers below.

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