St Charles Gairdner Hospital Mortuary Window

Written by tsglass on June 26, 2015

In 2013 we collaborated with Indigenous artist Peter Farmer to produce a window for the new Mortuary Complex at St. Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, WA. This window was an e1075629_569228919781967_2046518890_nxtensive undertaking and took over four months to complete.

This window tells a fantastic story as follows:

The YONGA (Kangaroo) in this middle of the piece is a strong totem that represents adaptability, and opportunity. This gives the viewer a sense that they can adjust and have an opportunity to face challenges head on.

He is clothed in the Kangaroo Paw, which attracts the bird spirits that will carry them to the places their spirits need to go.

The Banksia is an important plant species that sits in the middle of the piece, showcasing this countries beauty and practicality, representing its many uses, specifically for ceremonies.

Above the Banksia is BIDJOOL (Gecko) a traveller in Noongar country; this totem is elusive but resilient. His strength is in his ability to adapt in all climates of change; when you hear the cry, Noongars believe that someone is about to take a long journey.

We have him surrounded by Quandong’s a delicacy that we enjoy in all ceremonies and are the best ingredient at Wakes; that make cheesecakes, jams and scones.

At the bottom we haaboratedve two significant  plant species used for ceremony also,  with the KOOMOOL (Possum) hiding  there. This little marsupial is a  Diprotodont like the Yonga that is  endemic to Australasia; but is Arboreal  and Nocturnal as well.

We wanted to include this strong totem  for many reasons not simply  ceremonial or practical as it was  traditionally used, but for its great  spiritual strength that speaks about its  versatility and myriad of qualities, all  of which are needed to enter this  particular space;  humility being one of  its most admiral.

There are 14 yellow circles that  represent the clans/moieties is  Noongar Boodja (Country). There are  also 5 of the six water catchment  councils in Noongar country, and this is  included within the Kep (Water) Lines  that run from the top to the bottom,  representing regeneration and the  ongoing cycles of life.

We are very proud of this window and  love that it tells a story through the  fabulous medium of art glass.

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