New First Nations mural centres hope and community

A vibrant 41-metre high mural by Tom Day (aka Jirri Jirri) will be unveiled this week.
Large-scale mural, Mooroop Yarkeen, by Tommy Day revealed. Photo: Supplied.

To be revealed on Sunday 26 November is Mooroop Yarkeen by Gunditjmara, Wemba Wemba and Yorta Yorta artist Tom Day (aka Jirri Jirri). The work is a new mural for the City of Wyndham, a local government area about 40 kilometres to the south-west of the Melbourne CBD. It is said to be one of the largest First Nations designed and painted artworks in Australia.

Mooroop Yarkeen translates to “Spirit Dreaming” and the mural will become a welcome feature of in the centre of Werribee. It is 41 metres tall and depicts wildlife, habitat and cultural heritage, interlinking the themes of the city and its First Nations history. Day explains: ‘The mural is vibrant, vivid, rich in texture and references the Wirribi Yaluk (Werribee River), sand hills and basalt plains, welcoming gum leaves, community coming together in unity, dreaming and Bunjil’s flight.’

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.