About the work
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Situated in the heart of Horsham Yangga Dyata emerges which means ‘Walking on Country’, the silo art mural celebrates the story of Yanggendyinanyuk, a Wotjobaluk warrior’s story of leadership, resilience, and significant legacy. Yanggendyinanyuk meaning ‘walking feet’ was born in 1834 in Wotjobaluk Country in the Wimmera Region of North-Western Victoria. His life was marked by outstanding achievement and leadership but was marred by significant loss and grief. He was celebrated for his role in finding the Cooper-Duff children in the ‘Lost in the Bush’ story and for his part in the first Indigenous cricket tour to England. Tied together with the adjacent flour mill image of Yanggendyinanyuk’s totem the Black Cockatoo the images portray the strong linkage to country that the region has.
Horsham Rural City Council (HRCC) & Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC), commissioned Juddy Roller street art company to engage world renowned street artist ‘SMUG’ to transform Horsham’s silo and flour mill as a tribute to former Wotjobaluk Aboriginal warrior Yanggendyinanyuk.
SMUG’s quote “I was very excited to be asked to paint the silo and work with Aunty Jennifer and (BGLC), HRCC and the Plazzer family. I am truly honoured to be chosen to celebrate Yanggendyinanyuk with such a large and prominent mural. I hadn’t painted a full figure for many years so I welcomed the challenge of painting a composition outside of my comfort zone. My hometown is as close to Horsham as you can get in size and similarities, and it’s name ‘Nowra’ even translates to “Black Cockatoo”, so I felt incredibly at home throughout the installation of the mural.”