Winton Wetlands to open new Sculpture Walk

Impressive: Lizard by Cilla Atkinson is one of the installations that makes up Winton Wetlands’ new Sculpture Walk. Photo by Simon Ruppert

Sunday, May 15, will be a historic milestone in the ongoing development of the Winton Wetlands project.

It is the day its new outdoor Sculpture Walk, showcasing the work of Yorta Yorta artists, officially opens.

The opening is the culmination of several years’ dedicated work by artists and everyone involved with the wetlands.

The installation honours the surrounding land, its life and ancestors, and the ancient cultures and traditions of Yorta Yorta people.

The Sculpture Walk will be known by an indigenous title, Lotjpatj Natjan Danak, which is the “Yarning and Gathering Pathway to Sculptures”.

Yorta Yorta artists describe the project as a creation of cultural works that represent: ancestors; totems and special places; spirituality; ceremonies and cultural practices; histories and knowledge systems; ecology and seasons; plants; insects; birds and animals; rivers; creeks; sky stories and ancient creations.

Unique: Goombaliee — Ngawal gulpa woka (listen deep to the land) by Treahna Hamm. Photo by Simon Ruppert

Winton Wetlands chief executive officer Sue Lebish said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to provide a home for a fantastic sculpture walk.

“Apart from displaying works of great beauty, the Sculpture Walk will help visitors to better understand the historical and living cultural dimensions of this region and our ancient wetlands site as well as its more obvious ecological ones,” Ms Lebish said.

“Lotjpatj Natjan Danak will provide another powerful reason for visitors to come and enjoy the Winton Wetlands experience.”

The official opening of the Sculpture Walk will be from 11am to 2pm on Sunday, May 15, at Winton Wetlands in the area between the Mokoan Hub Cafe and the former Mokoan Yacht Club — shortly to become a new Education and Research Centre with adjoining indigenous camping ground.

The opening will be a community gathering to celebrate the Sculpture Walk rather than an event heavy on formality.

It will be open to any member of the public.

Following short speeches, there will be opportunities to view the art, talk with some of the artists and eat and enjoy live music and other family-friendly activities.

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