The first phase of the Turbot Street Underpass project will be a public art installation, by local artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins. Collins’ artwork titled An Afternoon Low Tide will decorate the soffit of the underpass structure.
Delvene Cockatoo-Collins is a First Nations artist and designer, who lives and works on Quandamooka country. Delvene’s work is far more than just marks on a page. It embodies a rich connection to country, capturing the Quandamooka soul. Her pieces share the stories, culture, heritage and techniques of thousands of years, passed down from generation to generation by her mother Evelyn and her grandmother Bethel.
An Afternoon Low Tide was inspired by the theme ‘Current and Continuity’ and compliments the existing Judy Watson artwork Freshwater Lens that is currently displayed within the underpass area. An Afternoon Low Tide speaks to freshwater meeting saltwater. At low tide the freshwater is cool and flows out to the saltwater, passing by mangroves and swamp mahogany. While at high tide, the summer warm water is mixed with the cooler freshwater. Patterns of water are incorporated into the design as is small uneven boxes to indicate bubbles in the water as well as Delvene’s grandmother’s handwriting.