Sundial WA's largest

SHANNON HAMPTONNorth West Telegraph

South Hedland will soon be home to the largest analemmatic sundial in WA.

Hedland artists Rossie Dann-Dunstan and Jilaga Murray-Ranui are working in collaboration with Fremantle ceramic artist Jenny Dawson to create the artwork for the sundial.

The idea for the project was conceived 10 years ago but a lack of funding prevented the realisation of the design until now.

Landcorp commissioned the project last year which has a total budget of $190,000.

Ms Dawson said she had learned a lot about indigenous culture in the Hedland area and was looking forward to seeing the finished product.

“It is really exciting in that the girls have learnt so much and I have learnt so much myself, it was a great chance for regional artists to be involved in a project of this size,” she said.

“I’ve made 50 public artworks now, however this is the biggest.”

Mrs Dann-Dunstan said working in a professional art studio allowed her to gain knowledge and experiences that might not have been possible in Port Hedland.

“I have learnt new techniques, how to work with raw materials and have been able to network with many artists that I would have not been able to meet otherwise, it has been incredible,” she said.

The artists consulted the local Karriyarra people and held workshops with Hedland schools and TAFE students to produce ceramic tiles to be placed around the central design.

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