The City of Greater Bendigo is displaying an Acknowledgement of Country Shadow Sculpture at the front of Dudley House in View Street in the lead up to Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week celebrations and beyond.
Bendigo Venues & Events Manager Julie Amos said the sculpture was first seen as part of AWAKEN – Bendigo Brought to Light event in Rosalind Park in June 2021.
“It was the first time people saw the beautiful illuminated Acknowledgement of Country Shadow Sculpture, a spectacular beacon of light representing the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung Peoples,” Ms Amos said.
“The steel artwork was designed and manufactured by Laser Vision in partnership with the City and in close consultation with DJAARA who provided BUNJIL artworks and motifs that were laser-cut into the steel.
“Outside Dudley House is a perfect location for the Acknowledgement of Country Shadow Sculpture which lights up every night from 6pm.
“The shadows and imagery create a dramatic effect onto the ground, building façade and brickwork, illuminating the words from the Acknowledgement of Country.
“Dudley House is home to the annual Knuldoorong Art exhibition and other important initiatives that bring together First Nations artists and communities.”
DJAARA Communications Relationship Manager Mariaa Randall said she was delighted the Shadow Sculpture was on public display in a prominent place in the city centre.
“I am delighted the sculpture is back on public display outside Dudley House in the lead up to Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week and beyond,” Ms Randall said.
“The sculpture recognises and acknowledges our Traditional Owners and I hope having the artwork displayed will prompt conversations in the community about our shared histories and cultures and how we can all play our part in achieving reconciliation.”