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Indigenous Art & Heritage at Parramatta Square

Indigenous Art & Heritage at Parramatta Square

Author: Parramatta Square

Date: 30th Jun 2022

Behind Parramatta Square is the rich culture and heritage of the Darug people. Here at Parramatta Square, we acknowledge and value this rich heritage through our art displays within our precinct.

Honey Ant Dreaming
By Yaritji Young, 2019
Commissioned for 6 Parramatta Square Lobby, Yaritji Young’s work offers a unique representation of land, spirituality and rich family history. Her interpretation of the Honey Ant Dreaming which is a vital creation story for the Pitjantjatjara people, offers a unique representation of land, spirituality and rich family history. The use of explosive vibrant colour and volatile brushstrokes reflects on the stunning landscape of her Country. These attributes of Young’s Country coincide with the site of Parramatta, the central place buzzing full of activity mirrored with the arduous work of honey ants.

6&8 Parramatta Square Heritage Display
By GML Heritage with Leanne Mulgo Watson
Located in the 6PS lobby, adjacent to the Darcy Street entrance, the display concept is based on ‘Badu Baraya’, a story Leanee co-wrote with Darug artist and writer Jasmine Seymour and tells the story of the site’s heritage from Deep Time (c. 10,000 years ago) to present. This heritage display reveals the history of Parramatta Square’s site and how its ancient landscape was home to many different people who grew, gathered and consumed food in its ancient creek line. This ancient creek line displayed on the wall with ‘pools’ revealing bronze sculptures that represent a phase of the site’s history, alongside historical artefacts that were excavated.

Parramatta Square Public Domain
The Parramatta Square Public Domain has integrated into its design different considerations of the site’s heritage from Deep Time (c.10,000 years ago) to present. This includes plaque acknowledgement of where fire heaths were used during Deep Time, and the Dharug Circle Seating & Public Amenity due for delivery with the completed Public Domain in 2022.

Explore more art and heritage at Parramatta Square today.