This work was produced from a half scale (10 meters long) image painted in acrylic paints on paper by Bronwyn Bancroft.
Bronwyn Bancroft is a Djanbun Clan member of the Bundjalung Nation (NSW) Bronwyn has participated in over 200 Exhibitions and has consistently provided work for Commission in Education, Health and other areas relating to Humanity, especially for Aboriginal initiatives and government departments. Bancroft was recognized as an Australian Living Treasure and was awarded the Centenary Medal of Australia. Bancroft lived in Canberra and did her first degree at the Canberra School of Art. Bancroft is currently studying for her Doctorate at University of Western Sydney.
Title “The Universal Journey” the work reflects the local community support for a friendly environment that values the shared values in its rich cultural diversity.
The Universal Journey was painted in half of the scale: 10 x 0.6 meters and then it was enlarged and produced into Digiglass, for the main stairwell of the new hospital.
The work shows the journey of every human, independent of cultural differences, and its connection to nature. Bancroft reflects about her work for Auburn Hospital with a poem:
“Live to Love
Love to Live
Live and Love
Life is a rich Tapestry
Interwoven as complex as our DNA
Light and Dark
Day and Night”
Each of the 5 levels in the hospital reflect the Universal Journey and connects with the services provided in the level. Level 3, for example is about the Sun and Water. “The water gives Life and the Sun gives warmth”. The work continues to provide a beautiful metaphor for our lives. “The Moon and beginning of Universe gives us night and our days”.
The work finishes on the fifth floor with a show of “starry starry night heaven”.
Views of Universal Journey from inside the stair well
© Placemaking International P/L 2019