Sharing the Same Life Essence is a celebration of the Gadigal people and our special land. Told through Wayne Quilliam’s photography and animated...
Sharing the Same Life Essence
Rhoda Roberts / Wayne Quilliam / Yakkazoo / Ignatius Jones
Sharing the Same Life Essence is a celebration of the Gadigal people and our special land. Told through Wayne Quilliam’s photography and animated graphics emerging through the imagery, this installation projected across the Southern Pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge looks at the balance of our world and how everything is connected. Everything was created to connect, everything is living.
The story begins with the creation - The Rainbow Serpent forming the country - and the many totems of sea, land and the night sky connecting to country. From the river estuaries, to the rocks, and the sea, we see fish life and totems of the Sydney basin animated and brought to life across the Pylon.
Indigenous people made their mark, etching their stories since time immemorial. It has become our mapping and archive, but also our knowledge library that ensures we understand the season, the cycles and learn to live and care for this ancient land.
Through this spectacular projection, beamed across one of Sydney’s iconic landmarks, the artists show how unpredictable country can be. Perhaps it is best to go back and remind ourselves how it was formed and shaped to sit as it does in the southern oceans?
NSW has long seen the benefits of thousands of years of Indigenous culture and land practises. Dictated by natural seasonal change, everything was passed on and understood. When you listen to the wind that blows across the country, feel the sun and look at the tidal changes, you are given greater knowledge of our special land. Despite facing uncertain change to our weather, we can still imagine and celebrate as we draw upon age-old techniques and absorb knowledge from the past to nurture our future.