DCE unveils "Yanha Wamadaman Woka" by Bayadherra Art
DCE are excited to share the new artwork that Luke and Siena of Bayadherra_Art put together custom made for DCE for the front of our office and we could not be happier!
Below is the story that reflects the meaning of the painting.
Yanha Wamadaman Woka - "Walking on Country'
Yanha wamadaman woka (Walking on Country) depicts community connection, partnership and reconciliation between DCE and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The large, orange yarning circle in the centre is a meeting place depicting Dalton where we gather and work together to contribute and advance cultural engagement, social impact and inclusion. The 3 smaller yarning circles have multiple meanings: they acknowledge the 3 founding directors of DCE, represent DCE's 3 core areas of engineering expertise and depict Country, culture and community for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Collectively, all 4 orange yarning circles also represent the four stages of Reconciliation; Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate. These yarning circles are surrounded by blue dots and connected by learning pathways which are integral to promoting cultural awareness, knowledge and understanding to advance reconciliation commitments both internally and externally through DCE's stakeholder partnerships and sphere of influence.
The flowing Birrarung (Yarra river) acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people on which DCE is located, and is culturally significant as an ongoing life source to Country and community. Foot prints link us back to past journeys travelled by our ancestors who were guided by spiritual song lines and respect for Country: we look after Country and Country will look after us. The outer green circles depict further community engagement and blue lines and green dots are dispersed throughout the artwork reflective of the integrated landscape and waterways.
DCE's reconciliation journey and the importance of cultural consultation and collaboration with Traditional Custodians is paramount to drive further innovation and development which complements traditional cultural values, whilst upholding respecting for Mother Earth.