Language of the Land

Feb 20, 2018

The Language of the Land sculpture is a monument to people who live on and are connected to the land. The light and shade forms of the sculpture represent the many types of bush knowledge; explore the design and see if you can recognise all of them. The sculpture casts shadows during the day, and on special nights it is illuminated with projected stories, anecdotes and tales from Eidsvold locals.

On the lower sections you will discover bush trails, landforms, stone masonry, rivers and water holes. Among them animal prints and other treads are concealed. Those who know the language of the land will recognise tracks of the Emu, Kangaroo crouching and hopping, Lizard, Bullock and Horse. Hidden among them are three footprints representing the Wulli Wulli, Gurang and Wakka Wakka people’s ancient knowledge and cultural connection to the land, and on the very far right are the boot prints of a woman and man each wearing RM Williams’ famous heeled riding boots.

The outlines of two riders and packhorse pay homage to the drovers that RM Williams much admired and designed attire for. Above, topographical designs are combined with circular motifs that represent communities, stargazing and campfire gatherings. Such connections develop our sense of place and connection to country, and our appreciation of the natural landscape.

The night time campfire brings all travellers together to share stories, culture and the knowledge to respect and preserve our Australian bush heritage.

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