Mineral Springs Sculptures
Council commissioned the creation of two sculptures to support Indigenous interpretation of two mineral springs sites at Ballan and Spargo Creek.
The aim of the sculptures is to reconnect the two mineral springs sites at Spargo Creek and Ballan with the Moorabool River and broader landscapes of the area, and to acknowledge Indigenous connection to the sites.
Council engaged cultural consultants MURRI:YUL to deliver the two wooden sculptural works and interpretative signage at the two sites. The sculptural installations consist of two interconnected works made from 120 year old locally sourced red gum, that reflect the ecological and cultural values of the mineral springs and the Moorabool River.
The sculptures, titled Brim Brim, the Wadawurrung word for spring waters, were formally launched at an event at Spargo Creek on Tuesday 4 April 2023 with a Smoking Ceremony, cultural celebration and speeches.
As part of this project, Council commissioned a short film to celebrate and promote the sculptures. The film, featuring co-managers of MURRI:YUL Dr Heather Threadgold and Melinda Kennedy, includes footage from the launch event, and showcases the project and its importance for our community.
Film credit: Josh Waddell - FarFlungFilms.com
Photo gallery from the sculpture launch
Photos: Marcus Thomson Photography
This project has been undertaken by Council in partnership with the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA).