Delvene Cockatoo-Collins’s From the Hills to the Bay (2021) celebrates the distinctive local character of Manly incorporating the natural history of the area and shared community stories collected at the artist’s community twine making workshop.

Delvene’s foreshore plaza artwork consists of a series of four projections, each made up of four projected designs telling the stories of Manly, including:  

  • Tawalpin series is the Jandai name for cotton tree, which grow along the Quandamooka coastline and beyond
  • Quandamooka Sea Life series represents the yungan (dugong) and bunbiya (turtle) active in the bay
  • Along the Foreshore series depicts the mudflats, mangroves and all life forms that live within this important ecosystem
  • From the Hills to the Bay series shows the layers of Country in the hills down to the water’s edge.

Slow rotation of the lighting projections layers the artwork with a sense of movement with currents, sea and wind, providing both a meditative quality and fun interactive night time activation opportunity, celebrating and enhancing the Manly Harbour Village as a seaside destination.

The artwork projections and series projection program are an outcome of the Manly Harbour Village Precinct Project.

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Quandamooka Sea Life series

Yungan (dugong) who returned to the bay and three bunbiya (turtle) form part of this series of Quandamooka sea life. We know that the bunbiya turtles are in the bay as juveniles and people who sail out from Manly speak of the turtles that pop up and reveal their presence. It is a great talking point for maintaining an awareness of our environment. It's always a joy to see sea life in the bay and as much a great joy to know that the dugong returned to Manly during 2020. This series celebrates the active marine life including yungan and bunbiya in the Quandamooka waters.  

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Artist’s hand drawn artwork for Quandamooka Sea Life artwork series.

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Final Quandamooka Sea Life projection artwork series.

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Final Quandamooka Sea Life projection artwork series.

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Final Quandamooka Sea Life projection artwork series.

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Final Quandamooka Sea Life projection artwork series.

Featured artworks

Tawalpin series

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Tawalpin is the Jandai name for the beach hibiscus or cotton tree, which is commonly found along the Manly foreshore and along the Quandamooka coastline and beyond. The tawalpin is a tree that provides and gives so much with their low-lying branches as a playground for children, the long straight branches used for spear making, and the inner fibre for twine making. The twine is used for nets, baskets and many other functional items by the Nunukul, Ngugi and Goenpul including uses for catching mullet fish. This series features a costal tree species and its significance with human life, that includes tawalpin leaf with lady bug, netting with mullet fish, tidal current with mullet fish and twine making with leaves.

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Artist’s hand drawn artwork sketch for Tawalpin artwork series.

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Final Tawalpin projection artwork series.

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Final Tawalpin projection artwork series.

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Final Tawalpin projection artwork series.

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Final Tawalpin projection artwork series.

Along the Foreshore series

An important part of the ecosystem is the mudflats, the mangroves and those which live within it. When you walk along the foreshore quietly, you can hear the clicking sounds of the fiddler crab. Their bright claw is easy to spot and to follow their movements. Two are shown in this series, one on the mudflats and another on its own. The mangroves are found along the foreshore and provide protection and homes for the life within the mudflat areas. Also shown in this series is the kinyingarra or oysters. They have been a continual food source for the people of Quandamooka Country and continue to be a delicacy for all to enjoy.

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Artist’s hand drawing artwork for Along the Foreshore artwork series.

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Final Along the Foreshore projection artwork series.

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Final Along the Foreshore projection artwork series.

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Final Along the Foreshore projection artwork series.

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Final Along the Foreshore projection artwork series.

From the Hills to the Bay series

This artwork series represents the layers of Country in the hills down to the water’s edge where the Moreton Bay figs are found. When you look out to the water, you see the bird life including mirrigimpa the sea eagle and the black swan, which returned to the bay during the quiet times of 2020. Along the foreshore is also different types of traditional foods that have always been found including our quampie shell. Sometimes you find pearls inside. The patterns with the shells are the important mudflats where the quampies are sustained and grow.

Artist’s hand drawing artwork for From the Hills to the Bay artwork series.

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Final From the Hills to the Bay projection artwork series.

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Final From the Hills to the Bay projection artwork series.

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Final From the Hills to the Bay projection artwork series.

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Final From the Hills to the Bay projection artwork series.

Last updated: 8 February 2022

Brisbane City Council acknowledges this Country and its Traditional Custodians. We pay our respects to the Elders, those who have passed into the dreaming; those here today; those of tomorrow.