Hornsdale’s arty installation

In a world-first, the Neoen and Siemens developed Hornsdale project in South Australia unveiled paintings of the local Ngadjuri and Nukunu people featured on two wind towers yesterday (Tuesday).

Spanning the base of the towers, the paintings were commissioned to tell the story of the land and connection it has to the indigenous people of the region. 

The artist for Nukunu people was Jessica Turner and the artists for Ngadjuri people were Chris Angrave and Louise Brown.

The installation of the artwork reflects the collaborative community engagement approach taken by Neoen while developing the wind farm.

At Hornsdale’s energisation ceremony last year, funding grants given to local communities in consultation with the Northern Areas Council in Jamestown. 

“The use of Aboriginal paintings on wind towers at Hornsdale is recognition of the importance this land holds for the Ngadjuri and Nukunu people,” SA Aboriginal Affairs Minister Kyam Maher said.

These towers symbolise the coming together of the world’s oldest culture with the technologies of the future for the benefit of the nation.”

Artwork and the artists

The art featured on this tower was created by artists from the Ngadjuri and Nukunu people, the traditional Aboriginal owners of this land where the Hornsdale wind farm resides.

The art tells the stories of each people’s connection to the land and the elements in this area and is symbolic of the symbiotic relationship between wind energy, the land and nature. 

Nukunu artwork – created by Jessica Turner 

  • Jessica Turner is a Nukunu woman who is also of Adnyamathanha and Kokotha background. Jessica developed interest in visual art as a child and in the last five years has started to share her publicly. Two of her projects include the development of work for the Port Pirie GP Health Centre in 2013 and the Port Pirie ABC Radio Reconciliation Statement in 2016. 
  • Nukunu people refer to themselves as ‘snake people’ with a particular serpent of this region being held in the highest regard. The work that Jessica has developed represents the story of the serpent and their role in forming aspects of the landscape, particularly the waterholes and the need to protect this most vital resource. 
  • The colours that Jessica has selected for her artwork represent aspects of dreaming stories relating to the serpent. 

Ngadjuri artwork – created by Chris Angrave and Louise Brown 

  • Chris Angrave and Louise Brown are both Ngadjuri people. 
  • Chris and Louise have been painting for years. Chris focuses on coastal arts, hunting stories and the different places such as Yorke Peninsula where people fish and collect seashells. Louise brings a woman’s perspective to the art. 
  • The painting by Chris and Louise showcases how the Mungiura were found in the hilly country. They were seen peering over the top of the windbreaks, a storm was about to occur. The people then proceeded to blow hard, causing whirly wind – within which old people could be seen dancing. 
  • They built the narrative together and took turns in painting their parts of the painting.