Stepping in the right direction

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Our First Nations staircase art is guaranteed to put a little pep in our step, but do you know the meaning and inspiration behind its design?

A collaboration between the College’s First Nations K-12 students and staff, the art installation has breathed new life into the external staircase outside the SMC Meeting Place.

Work on the project began last year and involved months of brainstorming ideas and concepts before the group landed on the final, eye-catching design, which features images of natural flora hand drawn by the students, alongside palawa kani words chosen to reflect the qualities and values of importance to our First Nations community, such as pulingina (welcome), takariliya (family) and rrala (strong).

For the colour palette, inspiration was drawn from the natural landscape of Country: blue for the sky and sea, yellow for the sandy shores and green for the bushland.

Next time you climb the staircase, take a moment to appreciate the work that went into this piece and the creativity and talents of the artists. Well done to all involved!


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St Mary's College is located on the traditional lands of the muwinina people of the South East Nation. We acknowledge and deeply respect the palawa people, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community, and all Elders past and present. We are committed to learning alongside our students and community in this place, nipaluna, and support the continued sharing of knowledge and culture.