Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Kurnell, The Whales

This large bronze sculpture is located along the shore of Botany Bay, in the southern suburb of Kurnell. 'The Whales' (Wi-Yanga and Gurung) were designed by Theresa Ardler and Julie Squires. The fishing net, also known as a ‘rock weave’, was woven by Aboriginal Master Weaver Phyllis Stewart, and cast into bronze by Julie Squires. It is one of the three sculptures installed in 2020 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the encounter between Aboriginal Australians and the crew of the HMB Endeavour, commanded by James Cook. It is connected to the rock engravings of the mother humpback whale and her baby at La Perouse on the shores of Botany Bay, a prominent landmark which continues to hold a cultural and spiritual connection to the sea and country.
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