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Under the Surface, a multi-dimensional public art piece has taken over the East Gippsland Rail Trail from Bairnsdale to Orbost. Victoria’s newest outdoor art gallery, Under the Surface, features art produced by local artists Alice Pepper, Patricia Pittman, and visiting artists David “MEGGS” Hooke, LING, and Minna Leunig with pieces inspired by the story of the Indigenous Gunaikurnai community.
Visiting artists learnt artistic practices, storytelling, and an understanding of land management and country preservation from the Gunaikurnai artist collective and community.
“Forming a connection with the artist and The Social Crew members, with on Country visits and online workshop I was able to share our rich cultural history and connection to the GunaiKurnai land,” said proud Yorta Yorta, Mutti Mutti, Arrernte, Gunnai, Gunditjmara and Djab Wurrung artist, Alice Pepper.
Under the Surface follows the route of the former Orbost railway line that winds its way from Bairnsdale toward the Victoria / NSW border through forests and farming landscapes with views of the Gippsland Lakes.
Sites to check out along the Under the Surface trail include:
- Nicholson River Bridge, Nicholson | Patricia Pittman
- Partelli’s Crossing, Tostaree | Minna Leunig
- Orbost Butter Factory, Orbost | LING
- Nowa Nowa underpass, Nowa Nowa | Collab between Alice Pepper & MEGGS
“We are excited to share the beautiful result of conscious collaboration. We took the time to do the project properly, ensuring that the works were led by the story of the Gunaikurnai community. It’s a small start to what we hope will be able to extend across all of Gunaikurnai Country,” said The Social Crew creative director, Belinda Collins.
Under the Surface has been designed, produced, and delivered by The Social Crew in collaboration with Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, and the East Gippsland Rail Trail Committee with support from the Victorian State Government, and East Gippsland Shire Council.