Brother Bundjil soars for NAIDOC Week

Projection of Jenna Oldaker's Koki Bunjil. (Ivan Kemp) 418441_04

Geelong’s State Government offices – colloquially known as the upside down building – is the canvas upon which Wadawurrung creator spirit Bundjil flies.

A vibrant animated projection of Wadawurrung artist Jenna Oldaker’s work Koki Bundjil (“Brother Bundjil”) is being projected onto the building from the Barwon Water forecourt every evening during NAIDOC Week from 5pm to 11pm.

Created as a giant inflatable art piece for White Night Ballarat last month, Koki Bundjil has been brought to life by the animation of award-winning Geelong-based artist Laura Alice.

Ms Oldaker, a Traditional Owner whose artwork is known for its use of bright colours and connection to Aboriginal culture, Country and heritage, said Koki Bundjil was a celebration of “our beautiful Wadawurrung Country”.

“Bundjil the eagle is the spirit creator of Wadawurrung Country, as we live by Bundjil’s lore to take care of one another, to have no greed and do no harm,” she said.

“In this artwork, Bundjil can be seen flying high over Wadawurrung land, as we send thanks to him for continuing to watch over us since his creation.

“This artwork is a representation of my own kinship guide, my brother Ben, as he takes on the form of our spirit protector.”

Ms Oldaker said she felt as though her art came from her Ancestors and their spirits.

“I am sharing our culture, our stories and our spirit through my artwork, and to be able to do so is such a gift,” she said.

“I hope this comes through when people see Koki Bundjil projected from Barwon Water’s Ryrie Street headquarters forecourt during NAIDOC Week.”

Wadawurrung man and Barwon Water First Nation Values Department Head Greg Robinson said NAIDOC Week was a time of celebration for First Nations people.

“NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to immerse themselves in First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

“Jenna’s artwork, focusing as it does on our creator spirit Bundjil, brings our ancient stories and culture to life in an exciting new way. I encourage everyone to make the time to view it if they can.”