SeaLink Marine & Tourism has unveiled an original indigenous art installation at its Bruny Island Terminal 40 minutes South of Hobart, Tasmania.
Welcoming visitors upon arrival, this captivating artwork adorns the SeaLink ticket booth, and encapsulates the essence of Bruny Island – its diverse wildlife, marine wonders and rich cultural heritage.
Commissioned from local Tasmanian contemporary Indigenous artist, Bronwyn Englert, her artwork echoes the natural allure and historical significance of the Aboriginal waterway connecting Tasmania and Bruny Island. Hailing from the Huon River region’s Melukerdee clan, Bronwyn’s ties to country run deep, much like the waterways SeaLink ferries traverse.
Bronwyn Englert, art teacher and employee at the South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (SETAC), expressed her pride in the project: “Nature is my inspiration, and creating this commission was a source of joy.”
Standing 2.4 meters tall and 2.1 meters wide, the original painting, taking 27 hours to create, now adorns the ticket booth permanently at the Kettering Terminal, replicated by a digital printer.
The stunning artwork’s intricate elements represents profound significance to the region (see Photo 2 below):
- Parrabah (whale): the creation story and the SeaLink vessel’s name
- Fairy penguins at Bruny Island’s neck, nesting sites after dusk
- Places of cultural significance in the region
- Dolphins traversing the local waterways
- Sea kelp representing meeting places of cultural significance
- A beacon symbolising Bruny Island’s community importance.
“The vibrant Huon Valley community cherishes arts and culture, which finds expression through the distinctive stories and imagery of the First Nation’s people. The creation story of this region is one of love and profound beauty,” Englert said.