Treahna Hamm & Koorrin Edwards

Treahna Hamm & Koorrin Edwards

#Bunurong Ballart

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Dr Treahna Hamm is a Yorta-Yorta artist, and Koorrin Edwards is a proud Indigenous artist of Gunnai, Gunditjmara, Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, and Bunurong descent. Both artists are committed to reviving traditional cultural practices through their artwork. Dr Hamm creates many different kinds of pieces, from possum skin cloaks to sculptures, while Edwards' artwork depicts First Nations peoples' essence by telling their songlines and Dreamtime stories through visual art.

'Bunurong Ballart' is a 2m tall bronze artwork resembling a woven basket. It symbolises the carrying and gathering of the cherry ballart fruit as well as knowledge and wisdom from today into the future. The artwork fosters belonging for the residents, connects them to their shared home in Bunurong Country, and reflects the aboriginal values of the interconnectivity of all living beings, intertwining past, present, and future in place and people.

UAP was tasked with bringing the artwork to the Albert Park Precinct. The artwork needed to speak to the support networks fostered within the community, a sense of belonging for the residents, and give a sense of renewal, regeneration, rehabilitation, longevity, and sustainability. UAP collaborated with Vicki and the artists to ensure that conceptual thinking and development were translated into permanent artwork for the public realm. The fabrication involved material investigations and form explorations to create a unified artwork. The sculpture now reflects the rich cultural heritage of the Indigenous peoples while infusing a deep-felt emotional response and sense of belonging for its viewers.

The significance of the Cherry Ballart is that its root system is connected to the Eucalyptus tree. The Cherry Ballart represents the children, and the Eucalyptus represents the mothers.
The Cherry Ballart is significant to the Bunurong people as we use the Cherry Ballart and the Eucalyptus for our Welcome to Country smoking Ceremonies.

Koorrin Edwards

Image Credit: Heath Warwick and Rachel See courtesy of UAP | Urban Art Projects

#Services provided

Consultancy

Public Art Masterplans and Strategies
Artist Procurement and Management

Manufacturing

Digital Sculpting & 3D Modelling
Design Development Support
Pattern Making
Paint Shop
Mould Making
Lost Wax Casting & Sand Casting
Welding & Fabrication
Finishing & Patina

Preservation

Installation

#Project summary

Creative

Treahna Hamm & Koorrin Edwards

Artwork Title

Bunurong Ballart

Project

114 Albert Road

Year

2024

Location

Melbourne, Australia

Build

UAP

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