The Stolen Generation Memorial & Healing Garden Entry Statement

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The Stolen Generation Memorial & Healing Garden Entry Statement
16011_Diagram3 Collaborating with indigenous landscape architect Paul Herzich and with support from Aboriginal champions of the project, ASPECT prepared conceptual ideas for an artistic entry statement to The Stolen Generation Memorial & Healing Garden, located at Stebonheath Park in The City of Playford.   The existing Memorial & Healing Garden was established in 2011 by a group of inspired Stolen Generation Survivors named ‘The Circle of Hope’. It is an important place of remembrance and reflection for Survivors, their families and the Aboriginal community.   However, the site is set back from the street and is quite concealed. An artistic entry statement is required that identifies the Garden and acts as a visual marker.   Multiple sketch options were developed and then put on display for indigenous community feedback, including at the annual Playford Sorry Day events. These were then voted on by approximately 75 attendees. ASPECT with Paul Herzich then developed a resolved concept option based on the community response that is both sentimental & sympathetic, yet uplifting and hopeful.   The concept is based on the notion that our understanding of ‘Home’ may actually be transient. Rather than being a place or destination, ‘Home’ could be considered as a ‘Journey’; the idea that we all have a spiritual yearning that drives us to search for our true ‘Home’, throughout the course of our lifetimes.   The entry feature concept consists of a series of curved laser-cut steel panels, broken up with irregular-shaped steel posts, and includes a raised planter with seat and podium deck that can be used by speakers & musicians during special events.   16011_Calender 1a     The fragmented panels consist of imagery inspired by the Kaurna seasonal calendar and display a spectrum of indicators that, to traditional Kaurna people, signalled the changing seasons. This includes representations of native flora, fauna, environmental conditions and depictions of traditional Kaurna life.   The entry feature aims to bridge a connection between the fortitude and tenacity of traditional Kaurna peoples of the past, and the resilience of Stolen Generation Survivors, who, in their own personal journeys, search for their true ‘Home’ with each passing season. Return to News