In 1996 under the guidance of Ron Hurley, six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at Boondall Wetlands participated in a very different job skills program undertaken by the Brisbane City Council.
|'I worked with a half dozen local Indigenous people, and together we made the sculptures. Each cast element was formulated by looking at the local language, and interpreting the word, or works, through research and actually speaking to older people in the|
After studying and researching Aboriginal culture in the region, the participants then expressed the information as sculptural signage with the assistance of artist, Ron Hurley. As a result of the program, the participants developed and reinforced their cultural identity, and visitors to Boondall Wetlands can now gain an insight into Aboriginal culture in the wetlands through Hurley's sculptures.
The 18 cast aluminium totems symbolise aspects of Aboriginal culture in Boondall Wetlands and occur along Billai Dhagun walking track, the Bikeway and at Nudgee Beach. The totems refer to food, plants and animals, tools, camp life and the Dreaming, and each totem is placed near a related site, plant or animal habitat. Many of the totems are supported or framed by local weapons including shields and boomerangs.