Architectural model, 'Girrawaa Creative Work Centre at Bathurst Jail', balsa wood / plastic / sand / cork board / wood, Merrima Aboriginal Design Unit, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1998
Merrima in association with the museum are the designers of the Bayagulllhibition. Merrima is staffed by two architects and an interior designer who work solely on Indigenous projects. In 1999 they received an award from the
Institute of Architects for their work on the Girrawaa Creative Work Centre at
Bathurst jail. The consultation process undertaken with the Indigenous
communities that these buildings were built for is extremely important so that
it reflects their cultural needs. These models also reflect the importance of
Indigenous architects designing culturally appropriate buildings for Indigenous
communities. Alison Page states: 'The thing about Indigenous people doing that
consultation and being the designers as well is that you can pick up on things
that aren't said. You don't have to go through the whole protocol issue,
because it is something that is inherent in our culture so we know what to do
and what not to do.'
The Girrawaa Creative Work Centre was designed by Indigenous architect Dillon Kombumerri of Merrima Aboriginal Design Unit for the Indigenous inmates at Bathurst jail. Through his extensive consultation with the inmates they came up with a basis design of a goanna, which is the totem of the local Wiradjuri community.
Dillon states: 'What the boys at the jail did was, they talked it through. They said what they wanted as their cultural expression. I was just an interpreter'.
Source: The Australian, Monday January 10 2000.
This model was made by the Merrima Aboriginal Design Unit in Sydney.
This model was made in 1998.
To provide the client with a scaled model of the what the buliding will look like when finished.