Public Art : Birrarung Wilam
Sculptors/Artists : © Vicki Couzens, Lee Darroch and
Description: This group of sculptures is a
celebration of the physical and spiritual connection of the Indigenous people (Wurundjeri and Boonwerrung
aboriginal tribes of Victoria) to their place. The central component of the Birrarung Wilam is the mound campsite
(puulwuurn). At either end of the pullwuurn are carved hardwood message sticks which welcome visitors onto the site
in guesture of reconciliation. The eel path is in honour of the shallow waterfalls where the tribes once caught
their primary food source. There are five metal shields along the waterfront along which represent
the five groups of Kulin people. Another area includes large carved ancestor stones, placed in a semi
circle where the local indigenous people can perform ceremonial and cultural practices. On the side near the
ArtPlay building are etched metal panels resembling possum skin cloaks and include sound installations of
Date Unveiled: 2006
Funded By: The Birrarung Wilam is part of the
Commemorative Place Art Commission and was funded by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government.
Location: The Birrarung Wilam sculptures are located
at Birrarung Marr park (Adjacent to Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia.