Stone mosaic — Ord River Diversion Dam
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In Kununurra Western Australia, a few months before the official opening of the Ord River Diversion Dam, landscape designer John Oldham, on contract to the Shire of East Kimberley, was seeking a distinctive focus for the eastern approach to the bridge across the Ord. He discussed ideas with artist Elizabeth Durack who in turn called upon artist friend and teacher Djubbul of the Ivanhoe bush camp. Together they came up with plans for a design that would incorporate aspects of the old Dreaming site of Bandicoot Bar. The Shire approved and work proceeded quickly. Indicative of the cooperation and informality of the times many children contributed to the work after school by collecting small water worn stones of different colours from the bed of the adjacent Ord River.
- Detail of bandicoot — Durack—Djubbul river stone ground mosaic.
- design completed 1963 — photo taken 2007
- The mosaic of waterworn stones incorporates traditional Aboriginal design together with creatures common to the area: turtle, barramundi, crocodile, kangaroo and bandicoot.