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Gumbaynggirr Elders granted permission to tell the story of Gumgali the black goanna, along this culturally rich 400-metre walking track to Korora Lookout.
The Dreamtime story is shared through art, sculpture and sound. The walk involves an entry statement followed by large sculptural elements by artist John van der Kolk. The first sculpture uses timber and metal to tell the story of Gumgali, and the hunters showing the whole coastline. Weighing in at half a tonne, the three-metre tall sculpture was crafted from local Brushbox timber.
The second two-metres tall postcards sculpture has three small windows to create perfectly framed vistas of the coastline at different eye levels. The Ironbark piece is a unique way for the Instagram generation to frame and share their Gumgali experience with the world.
At the Optus and Telstra buildings, a large mural also tells the story, with an audio installation at the end of the track. For more information visit https://www.coffscoast.com.au/play/gumgali-track.
This project was commissioned by the Forestry Corporation and developed by the Interpretive Design Company.
Images credit: Interpretive Design Company