Planting Living Sculptures in Linton

Living Sculptures in Linton
Arts, Culture & Heritage

Golden Plains Shire Council is inviting community members to several planting days in August and early September to bring the Living Sculptures vision to life before the official launch on Saturday 3 September, 2022. 

The Living Sculptures art project involves the creation of an endemic Indigenous plant community at Edinburgh Reserve in Linton, which honours Wadawurrung Country, to be planted by the Linton community.  

The Living Sculptures will form the shape of a 13 metre buniya (eel) on the pond side of Edinburgh Reserve and a 23 metre kadak (large snake) which will curve around the existing trees on the fence in the direction of Snake Valley.

Community members are invited to join the planting sessions at the Edinburgh Reserve in Linton on; Wednesday 31 August between 2 and 4pm; Thursday 1 September between 10am and 1pm and 2 to 4pm; on Friday 2 September between 11am and 1pm and 2 to 6pm; and on Saturday 3 September between 10am and 12pm.  

A Seed Collection Workshop will be held on Tuesday 30 August from 6.30 to 8.30pm, at the Linton Shire Hall, where participants will learn how to collect seeds from plants and prepare them for propagation.

The launch of Living Sculptures will be held at Edinburgh Reserve on Saturday 3 September from 3pm, where Wadawurrung storyteller and song man Barry Gilson will share stories and perform a traditional Smoking Ceremony to Welcome to Country the Living Sculptures. 

Mayor Cr Gavin Gamble says the Living Sculptures art project is an exciting opportunity for residents in our Shire to connect to Wadawurrung country.

“I encourage Golden Plains residents to attend one or more of the planting sessions and participate in this regenerative project that builds on the community’s rich cultural connections to the land. 

“The planting days are an opportunity for the community to take care of Edinburgh Reserve in an imaginative and creative way, whilst enjoying the beautiful landscape in Linton and learning how to collect seeds and propagate local native plant species. It’s a great community project and will be something to be proud of and admire in future years.”

Wadawurrung artist Kait James says the Living Sculptures art project is a great opportunity to bring Wadawurrung culture back to Linton. 

“We came across a record at the Linton Historical Society of a Wadawurrung man being commissioned to carve snakes into the veranda of a house in Linton. I thought this was a lovely that once again, the Linton and Wadawurrung people are working collaboratively again on the Living Sculptures art project.

The project is funded by a $30,000 grant from the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund provided through Regional Arts Australia, administered by Regional Arts Victoria, and $14,940 from Council. 

For further information, contact Fiona Lee, Council’s Arts and Culture Advisor, on 5220 7320 or email [email protected]  

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