David 'MEGGS' Hooke

'MURRUMBIDGEE FLOW' 2019 - Wagga Wagga, NSW (AUS)

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This mural was painted for the City of Wagga Wagga as part of the ‘Lost Lanes’ micro-festival. The theme and intention of this mural is to represent the flow of the Murrumbidgee River and its significance as a life source for the Wuradjuri people, traditional owners of the land, and the contemporary city and inhabitants of Wagga Wagga. The river is depicted as a large serpent like brushstroke of colour that merge from blues and greens representing the water and flora of the river into ochres and reds representing earth tones. The background merges from sky blue to black, representing earth, which transitions through the texture of the River Red Gum Tree, which serves visually as a transition from water to sky when you look from their roots to the sky. These native trees are a significant resource for the Wuradjuri peoples and indentifying symbol of the surrounding areas.

The Red Gum Eucalypt and Yarran Wattle flowers and leaves flow across the mural, as if blowing in the wind to symbolise natual resources, growth and change and connect with a gugaa (goanna) track which is a good sign of a healthy and plentiful landscape in traditional times and is a totem for the Wuradjuri.