Final touch to mural
Dunsborough Primary School students have begun the final stages of a ceramic mural celebrating the Wadandi seasons.
Koomal Dreaming director Josh Whiteland was consulted for the design of the mural, which aims to provide students with a visual connection to country.
The mural, called Meeka Meelup — meaning moonrise over Meelup — will include an inscription of the Wadandi welcome to country.
The 19m wall project was funded by the school’s art department budget and financially supported by the Parents and Community Volunteers organisation.
Art teacher Karen Seaman said the mural was intended to acknowledge the traditional Wadandi people.
“We decided because the students are so connected to the ocean that it would be lovely for them to understand how the Wadandi moved through the Cape region and the seasons,” she said.
“We chose ceramics because it’s a much more tactile and engaging medium for large groups of kids to work on.” Art extension students and indigenous students have worked together to develop the ceramics.
“Lots of the indigenous parents have been part of the process helping to make and install the artworks,” Ms Seaman said.
“Bunuru is a very social time of the year for the indigenous culture — they would come down to their fish traps and there would be a lot of herring and salmon which is depicted in the mural.
“It’s been very exciting and the kids have loved working on the project.”
The mural is due to be completed by the end of the year.
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