• Artist
    Various artists
  • Title
    Bunjil's Nest
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    Sticks, metal frame, basalt rocks
  • Dimensions
  • Credit Details

Bunjil's Nest

Sunday, July 01, 2012 - Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Williamson Gallery
Admission: Free

Bunjil's Nest is a collaborative sculpture created by local school students working with local Indigenous artists, reflecting traditional stories of the Wathaurung people and expressing their own ideas for sustainability.

Bunjil the Eagle is the creator spirit of the Kulin nation, which includes the Wathaurung people, traditional owners of the Ballarat region. Bunjil's Nest is an activity developed last year by education staff at the National Gallery of Victoria and available to tour this year through Regional Arts Victoria which results in a collaborative sculpture on show to Gallery visitors.

In the program, groups of upper primary and lower secondary students came to the Gallery to hear about the Wathaurung people and their creation myths from local Indigenous painters Marlene and Deanne Gilson and textile artist Bronwyn Razem. The students devised their own messages related to reconciliation and sustainability and wrote them on sticks gathered in the local area. They all then placed the sticks on a frame to form a nest structure.

The Bunjil's Nest activity was supported by a range of groups, including The Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation, the Koori Engagement Action Group, the Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative, Regional Arts Victoria, the City of Ballarat, VicHealth through its LEAP program, Highlands Local Learning & Employment Network and the Mason Family.

After the sculpture has been in the Gallery it is expected that the sculpture will be taken to a bushland location associated with Bunjil and allowed to disintegrate naturally.