of the budgerigars flash, particled, showered in air
The storyleaves sculpture, designed by
local artists Pamela Lofts and Pip McManus,
greets the visitors with a burst of colour
suggesting the remarkable vitality and luminosity
of Central Australia. The three leaf-like forms
evoke an Indigenous oral storytelling tradition,
whereby gum leaves, often representing
characters in stories, are poked into the ground
and moved around as the storyteller
recounts a tale.
Dazzling flocks of budgerigars, native to the
Central Desert regions, signal proximity to water,
which they frequent after rain to breed,
and are honoured here by a line of verse by the
Australian poet Roland Robinson (1912-1992).
Robinson sought to promote Indigenous
Australian ideas and customs, and spent many
years in the Northern Territory.
Steel fabrication - Ross Engineering, Alice Springs
Bronze casting - Coates and Wood Foundry, Melbourne
Colour finishing - Alice Paint and Panel