Wyndham Vale Railway Station Interpretive Installation
The Wadawarrung story is intertwined in the Wyndham Vale landscape, and has been over thousands of years. As a part of the Regional Rail Link project at Wyndham Vale Railway Station, Nuttshell was approached to tell their story through artefacts unearthed in an archeological dig that took place before the construction period.
To best illustrate their story, we explored the project from an archeological perspective. We visually mapped the land and layered graphics across the landscape in layers of history. Each organic shape contains a story; a story of the land and how the land has been used, past or present, told through the use of specifically commissioned Wadawurrung artwork. To mirror the archeological excavation the shapes have dimension, fixed at different heights. Made of wood, an element of the landscape, the graphics are routed out, screenprinted onto and laser cut.
With the flow of Lollypop Creek as its anchor, the mural map includes the area where the archaeological dig took place and the position where the train line cuts through. Thus illustrating our theme of both modern day and traditional Aboriginal journey lines. Translating into the waiting room, interpretive panels are also anchored by a spine of water, this time the Werribee River. Each panel tells a story, written by Kirsty Hawkes, of the artefact that it displays, how it would of been used and the materials it is made from, always returning to the theme of journey lines.