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Chris Booth, Wiyung tchellungnai-najil (Keeper of the light) 1997, helidon sandstone, 900 x 600 x 800cm (irregular), Collection, Gallery at HOTA. Acquired through funds from Patrick Corrigan AM and Gold Coast City Council 1997. Image courtesy of the artist.
Photo by Peter Waddington photography.
These three large sandstone works by New Zealand sculptor Chris Booth were created in consultation with the local Kombumerri people and Elder Ysola Best. Ysola dedicated much of her life to researching and documenting her Indigenous heritage and culture. The title of the work Wiyung tcheltungra-najil (Keeper of the Light) utilises the Yugambeh language and speaks of the rich connection of the Aboriginal people to this Gold Coast region and the Saltwater Country specific to the Kombumerri People. This area stretches north to the Coomera River, south to the Tweed River, west to the hinterland and east out through the Broadwater estuary and Pacific Ocean.
This monumental work stands as a testament to the living culture of Aboriginal people and the artist’s wish to evoke the spirit of place in his work, the surrounding environment, and its people.
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