Treelines: Kulin Nations

Project: Research

Project Description

The artistic concept of TreeLines is an installation of glass sculptural forms that represent the shadows of eucalyptus trees selected by local Indigenous communities. The glass will be installed on the ground below each tree. These glass forms contain designs that articulate gathering/meeting places and hold lights that automatically come to life at night. Light will emit from the glass via solar powered LED lighting in order to locate Country, place and Indigenous Ways of Knowing across various Kulin Nations of Victoria. These locations will be sites for gathering and meeting from all visitors to Victoria. TreeLines will:
• Create spaces and places for people to gather and meet
• Build upon and extend the relationality between Indigenous nations across Victoria
• Attract new visitors to Indigenous places to extend awareness of each Country −Central Victoria
• Deliver public value to 5 Indigenous Nations across Victoria and value to the primacy of Indigenous Ways of Knowing
• Create a network installation that can showcase Aboriginal Country in Victoria
• Create immersive experiences for custodians, locals and visitors.
• Reinvigorate pride of place in younger generations through the ownership of the installations at each site
• Employing local Indigenous peoples
The initial concept was developed through a Creative Commission application with Creative Victoria. Through this application and success in Stage one, a comprehensive feasibility study was conducted and a thorough plan was formulated to install the work across 32 Aboriginal Nations in Victoria. This application and work is a scale down to the five Kulin Nations: Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung, Wadda Wurrung and Boon Wurrung. The community consultation was conducted as part of the feasibility study and community consultation will need to occur in order for specific trees and sites to be chosen. All technical and construction aspects of the works have been addressed in the study.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date30/09/1930/09/21