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Virtual Warrane

Completed: 2019
Client: Transport for NSW

“We want everybody to realise that, before the bricks and mortar of our cities and regional towns, First Nations people called this place home and had called it home since time immemorial.”

Brett Leavy

Virtual Warrane at Wynyard Station is a portal to Sydney’s significant cultural places as they were prior to January 26, 1788. Described by its artist/designer Brett Leavy as a time machine, the work transports the viewer to the pre-contact Gadigal landscape and way of life, offering an insight and exploration into the communities, campsites, hunting grounds and significant places of the Traditional Owners. Using new technologies and gaming algorithms, Virtual Warrane @ Wynyard is a visual Acknowledgement of Country that respectfully reconstructs place from an Indigenous perspective and illustrates the Gadigal peoples’ deep-seated connection to their land. 

Cultural Capital worked in consultation with key stakeholders Transport for NSW and Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council to develop, curate and manage the artwork, commissioning Indigenous artist/designer Brett Leavy to produce the digital work.