Enthusiasm, vitality cheerfulness, kindness, and friendliness are all associated with the welcoming attitude of the people and the spirit of community we enjoy in North Queensland. Even after devastating events, we witness the people the people of the North willing to help and support each other. The wrap around, circular form of the sculpture aims to capture and portray that communal embrace. The vibrant orange/red ochre on the reverse side represents the warm colour of the land we share.
My fictitious river depicted connects North Queensland. People and place have been intertwined for thousands of years with people of all cultures gathering and settling along our creeks and rivers. Included are a selection of place names in English and published names of Indigenous groups, to recognise this coming together and to celebrate the warmth of the people in North Queensland.
This project is funded by Housing & Public Works Queensland and Townsville City Council, Galleries and fabricated by NEM Group, Townsville.
JCU Alumni have created a great video explaining this artwork.