Ancestors (PA235)
  • Last updated:
  • 27 Aug 2018

All three sculptural elements were created from one large Blackbutt log estimated to be over 200 years old and seasoned for over 50 years.

The artwork 'Ancestors', a collaboration by Kirsten Cash and Lyndon Davis, is comprised of three obelisk forms grouped to create a feature artwork that invokes the image of Indigenous clapping sticks, fish traps as well as referencing canoe and surf ski forms as seen in use on the river daily.

The scale of timbers used in the project honours the rivers role as a primary means of transporting timber, key to the success of the timber industry in the region.

The natural style of the forms and the images they feature aim to enrich the foreshore experience and honour significant fauna and flora, highlighting the cultural significance of these species to the Gubbi Gubbi, the traditional owners of this land.

Featured fauna and flora images by Gubbi Gubbi artist Lyndon Davis are: cod, black swan, spoon bill and mud crab along with Minti bush and water droplet motifs.