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Moreen Wellington-Lyons (Jaadwa Wotjobaluk Nations), Tin Reef

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metal, sea shells, bark, driftwood, synthetic polymer paint, ink, stones, twigs, glass stones, 2023


The Eastern Maar People are the Traditional Custodians of Sea Country now known as Port Fairy Victoria.

In 2011 BioPower Systems was funded to deliver the bioWAVE marine energy demonstration project. The unit was installed offshore at Taylors Bays approximately 4km west of Port Fairy in Victoria in 2016. The bioWAVE pilot unit operated for a short period, before the program was terminated in 2017, following a series of complications, faults and later subsequent failed attempts to retrieve the unit. The bioWAVE unit is of considerable scale and mass. In its stowed position the bioWAVE is approximately 36m long, 18m wide and 8m high and has a mass of 665 tonnes. This scale and mass, combined with the dynamic offshore environment, makes the decommissioning removal of the bioWAVE a challenging and complex undertaking.

A failed decommissioning attempt was made in early 2019 using a methodology of re-floating the bioWAVE unit (as a single piece), towing the unit to shallow water near the Port of Portland, where it was to be re-sunk and cut into pieces to be brought ashore via the Port of Portland slipway and disposed of. Decommissioning attempts have proved unsuccessful, the bioWAVE unit remains on the sea-bed at its original location. Eastern Maar Country Plan – Meerreengeye ngakeepoorryeeyt Speaks to their vision and close connection to the sea land.


Artist Bio:

I am a Jaadwa women of the Wotjobaluk Nations in central Victoria. My art work is environmentally concerned with storytelling, challenging and questioning what is removed and what is left behind on Country and Sea Land. I work with a wide variety of mediums, acrylic paint, inks, bark ochre on canvas, casting an eye back to a once peaceful plentiful landscape - invaded and built upon the suffering, genocide and systemic discrimination of First Nations People and looking forward to the gradual progression of Self Determination and increased understanding about the history of this land. I work with gum tree branches, gum leaves, dragon wood, feathers, incorporating clay sculpture to create bush land creatures bird, reptiles and lizards. I am currently working on a multimedia sculpture commenting on the 2023 referendum.