Jo Harney, Community Development Officer

Metal sun dial

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This object was on my desk from when I started working at Waverley Council in 2009. The project had just been underway and this was an example piece from the public art officer and multicultural worker. It resembles a time when community development, Landscape architects and planning and public art were located in the same office and team which created some unique combinations of skills.

I like to look at it and read it occasionally to remind myself of Aboriginal peoples connection to this area. Steven Russel is a Bidjigal weaver, drawer and painter who was born and raised on La Perouse mission in Sydney. The Human Sundials were commissioned in 2008 as a part of Waverley Council’s ongoing commitment to conservation of Waverley’s Aboriginal cultural heritage. Steven Russell provided the drawings, knowledge and language for a sundial and steel disks incorporated in the Campbell Parade East footpath. These portray stories relating to Koori time and seasonal harvest.

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