As part of BLEACH* 2020, Rick Roser’s work, Dreamtime Travellers were displayed in Justins Park, Burleigh Heads.
These giant spirit figures, seemingly existing in another dimension, yet visible for a time were installed across the parkland.
Six decorated trees, upside down –– branches underground, roots in the air –– point to a magical time: a Dreamtime. These mammoth, mystical beings are like the figures we fleetingly see in the shadows during long walks on tribal country to learn about cultural heritage. Take time to recline under the floating ceiling and watch as strips of hibiscus bark, weighted with shells and painted with ochre, sway in the seaside breeze –– a tribute to giant spirits passed.
We were fortunate enough to be gifted one of the spirit figures that is now permanently placed in the outdoor space adjacent to our office. Visit Stones Throw Cafe, or Cranky Joe’s Ugly Dumplings, sit by the courtyard and enjoy. 3/9 Station Street, Currumbin.
Professional artist and educator Rick Roser has been performing fire-making and smoking ceremonies at Woodfordia Inc events for over 20 years. From a young age, Rick witnessed his First Nations people’s plight and resolved to share in their struggle for cultural and physical survival.
Image credits: Maleika Halpin