Captain Cook 1770 Festival
A sense of duty..
Acrylic on canvas
This Panel was created in two parts, firstly the invovement of Rosedale High Schoo Art Students, who assisted in painting the portrayal of Cooks Landing in Bustard Bay aboard the Bark Endeavour.
Her we see Joseph Banks questioning stare, realising the land is unique both in flora and fauna, meanwhile as the flag from home flys proudly on the mast, Cooks own eyes seem to be vacant, replaced by the uniform and a sense of duty for his countries explorations, Discovery of new uninhabited lands.
He was aware of the campfires they spied from thier vessel, but in choosing to percieve these indigenous tribesmen as hostile savages, brings about the internal frame painted by by the descendants of a massacred community.
This is the Entrance to the festival of 1770 and will be for the next decade.
the Gooreng Gooreng dreamtime artwork begins with the giant Kangaroo Spirit, leaping a Mountain range and kicking open a gap for all to get through.
the the great turtle coming from the salt water to the fresh water of Baffle creek, where the children ride on its back, the second turtle is the same great turtle, returning the children to thier place of birth back with thier family.
we then see six rivers cared for by four clans and the tracks of thier trade roots across the rivers and land.
Finally we have the face of two cultures, the whiteman brings his sheep, to the backyard of the indigenous people, and so the story unfolds until we find only one descendant of these great people surviving after the slaughter at Mount Colleseum. yet thier story continues.... one, then two then three generations are born, until we stand where we are today, underneath an archway to the celebration of the town of 1770 and it's heritage.
Commissioned by the Festival of 1770 Committee.
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