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Bendigo Library Creek-inspired artwork celebrates Djaara Country

Thursday 8 December 2022

Bendigo Library’s children’s area has a colourful new addition with the installation of a Bendigo Creek-inspired window mural.

The eight-metre-long decal was designed by local First Nations artist Troy Firebrace and proudly sits alongside the library’s new native aquarium, which connects to conservation projects focussed on small-bodied native fish in Bendigo Creek and other important water bodies in the area.

The semi-permanent display represents the artist's interpretation of the Bendigo Creek as it flows through Djaara Country and responds to the physical environment and changing seasons.

“At the beginning of the artwork, the Creek is segmented and bare due to lack of rain. As the season changes and the ponds start to fill, life begins to re-emerge in the form of grasses, flowers and nesting birds. Eventually, the pond overflows, creating a connected network of waterways that dissect Country,” says Mr Firebrace.

“This incredible piece really brightens our children’s space,” says Bendigo Library Manager Robin Pearson. “But more than that, it’s going to help build awareness about the Bendigo Creek and the Traditional Owners of the land on which the library stands – the Dja Dja Wurrung.”

The piece celebrates First Nations culture and represents a fantastic opportunity for meaningful engagement with the wider community.

“We’ve had lots of people ask about it, and it’s only been up for a couple of weeks!

We hope these conversations continue and look forward to working with the local First Nations community on associated programs and events to deepen our understanding” says Robin.

The mural will be officially launched on Tuesday, 13 December. Proceedings will kick off at 5pm with a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country by the Dja Dja Wurrung in the gardens outside Bendigo Library. Everyone is welcome to join.

Bendigo Library would like to thank the City of Greater Bendigo’s Large Grants Program for funding the mural.