Festive Season Installation

Ancient knowledge informing our modern world

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the country on which International Towers is built, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Sustainability is deeply important to our International Towers community and we have once again incorporated repurposed elements within this year’s Festive Season installation. In particular, textiles created by members of the BÁBBARRA Women’s Centre (featured 2019-2022), which encase tree trunks (utilised 2016-2022).

Sails, shields, mats handwoven by members of the BULA’BULA Arts Aboriginal Corporation using traditional techniques are a highlight of the installations.

Over thousands of years our First Nations peoples have worked with and nurtured the natural systems. Accessing renewable energy supplies is currently forefront in many minds – wind power isn’t new, as proven by the stunning sails that demonstrate the skill and deep understanding of our First Nations peoples, with regard utilising an available, renewable energy source.

The installations are crafted by Maria Claudia - Samambaia and her team of skilled artisans, once again highlighting the sustainable and creative practices of our First Nations peoples.

The seven installations displayed across our lobbies within International Towers feature Australian native flora – Paper Daisies, Kangaroo Paw, Christmas Morrison, Banksia (to name a few). and towering above them all, the sinuous Silver Princess Gum.

The installations form a fitting backdrop to showcase these stunning works of art.

The sails which were commonly used with dugout canoes, along the Northern coast of Australia, enabling travel, trade, and food collection.

The smallest of the artworks are Shields, used by women during Ceremony, as modesty shields around the waist or shoulders.

Mats, depending on their shape, could be used as an insect screen when hung and a sitting mat when folded. They can be used in Ceremony, as well as being functional items.

The BULA’BULA Arts Corporation and its members were delighted to be part of this project and to also share their work with you. Installations can be found in the Tower Two South Lobby & North Lobby, Tower Three South Lobby, and the Accenture Lobby at International House.

Featured artists

BULA’BULA Arts Aboriginal Corporation
- Julie Djulibing Malibirr - Dhomala (sail) - T3
- Kathleen Malpamba – Shields - T2, Int House
- Mary Dhapalany – Woven Mat & Shield - T2

BÁBBARRA Women’s Centre
BÁBBARRA Designs artists create @;
- Maningrida, Buluhkaduru, Ji-marda, Mumeka, Mankorlod, Cadell - communities

Australian Native flora supplied by:

- Craig Scott, East Coast Wildflowers


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