Movement of Shells, Movement of Time @ M4-M5 Tunnel Link Ventilation Building

Completed: Launching 2023Client: The Lendlease Samsung Bouygues Joint Venture, WestConnex M4-M5 Link TunnelsArtist: Marilyn Russell and Aunty Esme Timbery

In 2019, Cultural Capital was engaged by Lendlease, Samsung Boyues Joint Venture to create an integrated facade artwork for the Westconnex M4-M5 Link Tunnels Ventilation Building. Cultural Capital worked in a hands-on curatorial capacity, working closely with both  CM Plus Architects and Indigenous artists Marilyn Russell and her mother Aunty Esme Timbery (Bidjigal women from La Perouse).

The starrie shells placed in unified formation signify women, the long-standing tradition of shellwork and its cultural and family significance. The flow of water across the centre of the design signifies the Timbery’s family connection to saltwater, the flow of tides, oceans and connection to country; unifying the male and female symbology. The Bidjigal design at the base of the walls references the countless generations of Indigenous men and their craftsmanship while anchoring the design to the ground.

 

Marilyn Russell and her mother Aunty Esme Timbery, Bidjigal artists, 2019. Photo: Dennis Golding