In late August, six local Indigenous artists started to transform the area under the new Seaford Road rail bridge. Painting is underway on the four piers and walls at Seaford Road with designs that connect the Seaford community to Country.
The Indigenous-inspired artwork incorporates illustrations of the Bunjil – or wedge-tailed eagle – as spiritual creator watching over Seaford’s new spaces; coastal landscapes; native wildlife; and symbols such as the diamond pattern that identifies the local Bunurong people.
Students from Nepean School were invited to paint tiles with patterns inspired by Bunurong Country. About 160 tiles will be installed on the walls of the pedestrian underpass, providing some colour the community can be proud of.
The artwork will be complete later in the year. With the works on the new community open space and playground in RF Miles Reserve and complete planting of more than 70,000 indigenous and native trees and plants to be finished before summer.
Check out the progress next time you’re in the area and find out more about the artists below.
Meet your artists
Adam Magennis is from the Boon Wurrung language group and has beencreating art for 30 years. He is interested in cultural ecology and natural
connections and uses a combination of graffiti and illustrations in his artwork.Patrice Mahoney is a Kamilaroi, Anewan, and Dunghatti woman and proudmother of five. Inspired by the natural environment, she uses art to empowerand strengthen community.
Lionel Lauch is a Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung and Bundjalung artist whopaints with acrylic and creates sculptures made from limestone, sandstone and wood.
Minta Franks is a Kaytetye mother of four based in Mornington Peninsula. She is inspired community connections and cultural traditions.
Eamon Roberts found his love for art through his role with the Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association. He loves painting Indigenous inspired ocean creatures.
Jamillah Roberts is a Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung woman who lives on the Mornington Peninsula with her husband and fellow artist Eamon Roberts. She discovered her love of painting at a young age through watching her mum, uncle and aunts, who are all artists.
Nepean School provides high-quality education for children with physical disabilities or health issues. Their involvement in this art project gives students an opportunity to exemplify their motto, together we achieve the extraordinary.
Story originally posted by the Level Crossing Removal Authority