Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Appreciating our Neighbours – an animated artwork of the birdkind in Wagga Wagga

Birds are fascinating, wonderful, lively creatures and they have a new home in the heart of Wagga Wagga, at the Marrambidya Wetland. Here, so close to the homes, shops, roads and the nearby river, the birds have a sanctuary to flock, nest and fish together. This wonderful place brings photographers, walkers, nature lovers and families to see the birds at home and has inspired illuminart’s commission A Feathered Adventure in Light.

In 2019, Cindi Drennan and the illuminart team visited and connected with Wagga Wagga community members who have a special interest in bird life, and collectively they helped us learn more about the local species, their habitat and the special meaning different birds have for people.

Wagga residents shared their thoughts, words, and feelings about birds, many attended a drawing experience, and others became involved in animation.

We compiled many of the drawings into a single animation which captures the diversity of birdkind, and their quirky, cheeky, secretive and busy lives in their Wagga home… enjoy it below!  In the next stage, projection artist Cindi Drennan with other illuminart artists and animators developed this into a story for projection onto the Civic centre walls.

Wagga residents visited in person for an hour on Thursday 6th June 2019 at the projection wall at Civic Centre to see this work in progress projected.   We all went to the Thirsty Crow afterwards to have a talk about it.   Those who couldn’t make it but want share your thoughts were invited to contact us directly.

Thanks to everyone who has been part of the project – your feedback and ideas have been so helpful.