“We just wanted to honour the story and honour these guys,” says Mark, a window cleaner from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. “Our way of doing that was making an artwork.”
When Mark started listening to Indigenous accounts of our shared Australian history, he was shocked. “This is where I’ve grown up my whole life,” he says, admitting that, “Here I am, a 28 year old guy, and I’d never heard these stories.”
In particular, Mark was drawn to the local story of historical Wurundjeri leaders, Simon Wonga and William Barak.“We wanted to create a piece that honoured them, told their story and got it out there,” Mark explains.
Combining his passion for art with his new-found interest in local Indigenous stories, Mark used 2,080 Rubiks cubes to create a large portrait of the two Wurundjeri men.
But first, he approached local Elders to seek their permission. “I think they just appreciated that we were giving their story the time of day,” he says. “We’re thrilled that our little bit of artwork has been able to achieve a little bit of reconciliation, a bit more relationship in our little part of the world,” shares Mark.
His story is a great example of how one person can influence a small group of friends to use their skills and interests to respond to the past and make a difference to our future.