Indigenous art features on South Australian wind towers

In a world-first, the Hornsdale project in South Australia unveiled paintings by the local Ngadjuri and Nukunu people on two wind towers.

Spanning the base of the towers, the paintings were commissioned to tell the story of each people’s connection to the land and the elements in the area,and is symbolic of the symbiotic relationship between wind energy, the land and nature.

The art was created by artists from the Ngadjuri and Nukunu people, the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land where the Hornsdale wind farm resides.

The installation of the artwork reflects the collaborative community engagement approach taken by Neoen and Siemens while developing the wind farm.

At Hornsdale’s energisation ceremony last year, funding grants given to local communities in consultation with the Northern Areas Council in Jamestown.

“The use of Aboriginal paintings on wind towers at Hornsdale is recognition of the importance this land holds for the Ngadjuri and Nukunu people,” South Australian Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Kyam Maher said.

“These towers symbolise the coming together of the world’s oldest culture with the technologies of the future for the benefit of the nation.”

Hornsdale has been built to help the Australian Capital Territory achieve its 100 per cent renewable energy target by 2020 by powering 70,000 homes in Phase 1 alone.