Honouring Reconciliation & Learning with a Kaurna Landmark on Campus
The Kaurna Learning Circle is a meeting place for ceremony, cultural exchanges and learning. Project delivery included demolition of existing carparks, documentation of existing in-ground services, sub-base preparation and creation of new landscape areas, plus installation of the clay paving learning circle, Spriggina floundersi sculpture and Wangu poles.
Designed by Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri artist Paul Herzich, the Wangu Poles depict Kaurna dreaming stories, ancient ceremonial practices, and traditional life along the nearby Karrawirra Pari (River Torrens). The circle contains a Corten steel fire pit for ceremonial use, seating, integrated lighting, Wi-Fi and power. The Spriggina floundersi sculpture pays homage to outback legend, geologist, conservationist and University alumnus, Reg Sprigg.
For the UofA, this project constitutes an important part of the Public Realm Strategy, which aims to create a reinvigorated, welcoming inner-city campus to engage students, staff and the wider community. An excellent example of Sarah’s impeccable attention to detail, it was an honour for the team to contribute to the University’s reconciliation efforts.