Indigenous artwork installations to celebrate past, deepen connection

INNER West Council’s Gadigal-Wangal Wayfinding art project is almost complete, with the final commission underway.

In 2016, the council received funding from the Stronger Communities Program to commission five art installations, one for each ward.
After a critical investigation into the Gadigal Wangal landscape of the Inner West was completed, artists were then invited to respond to the site-specific research and depict an element of the rich and unique Gadigal and Wangal culture.
Gadigal Wangal Wayfinding works:
Gadigal mural (2020) by Tim Phibs, PJ Simon, Kevin May and Joanne Cassady at Gadigal Reserve, Summer Hill. Reflecting Djarrawunang (Magpie) of the Ashfield Ward.
Fish Traps by Edwards Clarke (2019), King George Park, Balmain.
Reflecting Baludarri (Leather Jacket) of the Balmain Ward.
Cadi – The Clansman by Blak Douglas aka Adam Hill (2019), Hawthorne Reserve, Leichhardt. Reflecting Gulgadya (Grass Tree) of the Leichhardt Ward.
Nawi by Joe Hirst (2019), Steel Park, Marrickville. Reflecting Midjuburi (Lillypilly) of the Marrickville Ward.
The artist selected for the final Gadigal Wangal Wayfinding commission is Jasmine Sarin and her work will be in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park in Newtown.
Jasmine is mentored by Chris Edwards of creative team Edwards Clarke.
“The project has already resulted in four beautiful artworks that celebrate the continuing presence of Aboriginal people in the Inner West,” Mayor Darcy Byrne said.
“They add to our wider public art collection, deepen our connection to place, and enrich our knowledge of a pre and post-colonised Inner West.”