The exterior of Transgrid’s head office at Ultimo in Sydney has been given a new look thanks to a colourful Indigenous artwork which has been erected on hoardings around construction work.
The striking artwork was created by TransGrid’s Indigenous Engagement Team Lead Sherrie Castaldini and her daughter Ava.
Sherrie and Ava are proud descendants of the Biripi/Worimi and Dharawal people of NSW and are Saltwater women from La Perouse.
The artwork is titled Saltwater Gathering and Sherrie said she was delighted to work with the TransGrid property team to get an artwork on display.
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“This is probably one of our favourite pieces and the original is hanging in the art gallery in Perth,” Sherrie said.
“The circles on it represent the communities and the dots within the circles represent the people in our communities and how we all come together. The blues and the greens represent how we connect with the salt water.”
Ava helped her mum paint the original piece.
“It took a long time but it was a good process and art plays such a big role in storytelling; it communicates the visual part of the story,” Ava said.
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“It’s pretty incredible seeing the artwork up on the building, I’m so proud of us.”
Sherrie said it was an emotional moment seeing the artwork outside the building for the first time.
“I had no words, I had tears, I can’t believe that something we painted, which we thought was just for us, would be out here being shown to Sydney,” she said.
Sherrie and Ava hope the artwork will inspire conversations about Aboriginal culture and heritage.