In 2010, Deborah Bonar and Ella Taylor were commissioned to create an eleven metres wide sand artwork titled Walyalup on the south lawn area of the Fremantle Arts Centre for the City of Fremantle.
public art and commissions
Wardarnji Indigenous Festival - Walyalup
The Walyalup Story - Sand Art Design - By Deborah Bonar & Ella Taylor from the Kidogo Art Institute
The sand art represents Derbarl Yerrigan (the Swan River), meeting the salt water of the ocean. This place is known by the local Nyoongar people as Walyalup (Fremantle). The footprints represent people travelling to this special place. Today, people gather to celebrate the Wardarnji Festival in the heart of Fremantle.
Elements in the design symbolise important components of our Aboriginal culture, such as the land and its waterholes, rivers, emu and kangaroo tracks, fires and camp sites or communities. The symbols also represent our people, the men, women and children sitting or dancing with ceremonies and song.
People attending the Wardarnji Festival were invited to take part by making hand prints in the border of the design. The significance of hand prints are to link to the meeting place. Wardarnji 2010 Sand Painting Design.pdf
Deborah Bonar and Ella Taylor creating the sand painting titled Walyalup.