The piece we’ve developed is based on the story of the 3 circles or 3 rings.
The story is about the importance of balance and that balance requires a framework of movement across these 3 foci. The inner circle relating to the inner self and immediate family. The middle circle relating to community at local and national levels. The outer circle relating to the global / universal / spiritual. In this instance there is also the primary source of focus which is Culture, Cultural Responsibility and Care of Country. This primary focus underpins and informs every other aspect.
Transition across the 3 circles when purposeful and conscious leads to a well-rounded body of consideration, which holds us in good spread during times of duress and plenty alike. It is a reminder of the importance of fluidity and adherence to protocols as well as the importance of ceremony.
The location of the site is around the place where fresh and saltwater meet in the river. These brackish areas are places of great activity. It is our intention that this place of great activity is now a place of consideration of the primary focus, of the importance of balance and of fluidity in mindset, attitude, and action. It is also our intention that these considerations promote an awareness of the importance of quiet ceremony as guests move physically across the 3 circles as they transition the space.
The colours of the primary focus sit inside the 3 circles and are present in them all.
The colours of the inner circle are less in number but are present in the outer circles.
The colours of the 2nd circle are comprised of the inner circle with an additional number of colours representing the diversity of community.
The colours of the outer circle contain all the colours of the inner circles with the addition of a broad spectrum of colours that represent the complexity of all that makes us.
The movements of the inner circle are somewhat outward facing – representing a place of origin
The movements of the middle are transitional, denoting movement into and out of the sphere of activity. The crosshatch also combines to create a tacit ♾ symbol.
The movements of the outer circle are designed to represent a nonlinear framework.
The 5 band crosshatch used is a reference to the Wiradyuri Central Lore, Yindyamarra, which is; To do Slowly; To be Gentle; To be Polite; To Honour;
The symbols of the Primary Focus show the Chevrons representing the local Traditional Custodians and their on going Care for Country, Ceremony and Lore. The piece is shaped to represent a seed, a shield and a Bunya as well as its outward pointing streams of influence.
We thank, acknowledge and offer our ongoing respect, esteem and gratitude to Madonna Thomson for gracious consultation on producing this work. We also thank, acknowledge and offer our ongoing respect, esteem and gratitude to the clans, families and Peoples of the Turrbal, Jagera, Yuggera Peoples on whose Country these works are housed.