Lartelare Mosaics 2009

Lartelare is a park devoted to a Kaurna woman named Lartelare. It's tucked away in New Port Keys near Port Adelaide. I was commissioned by Landscape Architects, Taylor Cullity Lethlean, to create mosaic tops for five benches in the Park. The top of each bench measures 1200mm x 1200mm.

The designs show the gradual destruction of the natural environment around Port Adelaide as the European settlers moved in. The natural environment is illustrated using a geometric pattern from which various pictorial elements emerge. This pattern is progressively eaten away to indicate the emergence of European culture and its destructive effect on Kaurna culture.

The tiles are hand-cut, glazed, ceramic floor tiles.

I began designing this work in February 2009 and the finished work was installed in June 2009.