Imagine the Land Project support for NAIDOC Day // Byron Bay
NAIDOC is a hugely important day in Australia to celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal people gaining land rights, in particular for the Byron Bays Arakwal people who gained Native Title to part of their traditional lands. It is a day to celebrate and to reflect together on how best Australia can move forward to look after Country and each other.
Over the last number of years a series of artworks created from Bundjalung soils, sands and earthen pigments have been created on Australia’s Byron Bay foreshore on NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee). The artworks have been facilitated by Imagine the Land Project in collaboration with Arakwal custodian Delta Kay from the Arakwal Land Council.
Over the duration of the projects hundreds of hands have worked together to create these artworks in celebration of Country and community. Participants ranged from three years of age up to adults who worked together. The designs came from the imagination of collective collaboration; no preliminary design was set out as the artwork just evolved with the essence of the day.
The installations have been created using gathered natural materials from the Byron Bay region, while representing the geological diversity from the region and its volcanic history.
Materials have included Red Ochre, charcoal, Angalow Basalt, Goonengerry Rhyolite and different metamorphic soils from around the region. Often already disturbed sites are chosen to gather materials from so as not to generate any environmental disruption. The Impermanent artworks were totally biodegradable and slowly weathered by the elements the pigments return to the environment.
C a v a n b a h ( M e e t i n g P l a c e ) NAIDOC Day // Byron Bay, Australia, 2012
J u n a h r ( P e l i c a n ) NAIDOC Day // Byron Bay, Australia, 2013
C o o l o m o n ( E a r t h V e s s e l ) // We All Stand on Sacred Ground
Byron Bay, Australia, 2013