The Carnarvon Fuse Art Collective presents Bungarri Warduga Barndimanmanha (‘Gascoyne River Healing Journey’ in the Ingaarda language). The Carnarvon Health Campus redevelopment is a $26.8m project that brings key health services together under the same roof as the Canarvon hospital to create a modern, purpose-built health care hub in one of Western Australia’s most pictersque coastal locations.
Situated in one of Australia’s highest rated cyclone hotspots, the project required significant use of cyclonic glass to ensure patron safety in the event of a storm. 250sqm of Tempest Guard Cyclonic glass was supplied into the project, including 40sqm of digitally printed cyclonic glass for the stunning public art component, a seven metre high entrance wall flanking the main entrance.
A collaboration between producer Sabrina Dowling-Giudici, art photographer Anton Blume and contemporary Indigenous artist Bonni Ingram, The rugged beauty and stories of the Gascoyne River is the focus of this vibrant, full colour art work. Digitally printed onto low iron glass, it celebrates local culture and living in this distinctive part of Western Australian country where two World Heritage areas meet – the Ningaloo Reef and Shark Bay.
Ms Dowling-Giudici said it was great to be able to share the talent of local people, who live on the land, in such a prominent public space. “It is such an honour to have this art created locally, to show our children that we can blossom right here where we are planted. A unique visual language has emerged from this most western part of Australia; the contemporary Aboriginal paintings of Yamatji Country by Bonni Ingram that are composed of abstract symbolisms and rich colour are digitally fused with the art photography of the region by Anton Blume”.
“The objective of our proposed artwork is to create in this place of ‘Medicine’ a connection to ancient notions of healing that will both support the staﬀ and oﬀer visitors a sense of tranquillity, sooth and relieve – notions of healing that will delight, enchant and pique the interest of patients and visitors. We further consider anthropological explorations of healing that distinguish diﬀerent understandings that are unscientiﬁc, non-technological, religious and non-Western in meaning. These notions of Healing are associated with themes of wholeness, narrative, and spirituality – a profoundly personal and subjective experience.”
Working from a 3.6gb high resolution file, reproducing the artwork for printing on glass threw up its fair share of technical challenges, and pushed Anton’s digital processing capacity to the absolute limit. The end result paid off in spades however, and the commanding installation is a magnificent showcase of how well an artwork can reproduce on glass when the source file is incredibly high quality.
Bungarri Warduga Barndimanmanha (Gascoyne River Healing Journey), 2016, Carnarvon WA, Anton Blume, Bonni Ingram & Sabrina Dowling Giudici (Fuse Art Collective), Public Art Coordinator, Corine Van Hall, Client: Western Australian Country Health Service
Canarvon Health Campus, Carnarvon
Glass 16.56mm Tempest Guard Cyclonic Low Iron with digital ceramic printing
Further information on the processes featured in this project can be found below: