PROJECT Oyster Shells – Middens

DESIGNER | ARTIST Frances Belle Parker and Urban Art Projects

LOCATION Coastal Walk, NSW

Middens along the coast are places where Aboriginal people gathered to eat and would leave the remains of shellfish. Synonymous with Aboriginal people, they are considered culturally significant proof of the people’s use of the land as a meeting place. Council commissioned these works for the Aboriginal Art & Storytelling Project which acknowledges and shares the stories of Northern Beaches Aboriginal people through a series of contemporary public artworks along the 36 km coastal walk, from Manly to Palm Beach. With the Shells being low to the ground and easily accessible for passersby to enjoy the colours and patterns, Partridge ensured that the artworks were appropriately designed for all foreseeable loads without impact on the adjacent seawall. 

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