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This installation by Doctor Anton Hasell, commemorates Charles Darwin's voyage on the HMS Beagle and the city's connection to him. There are 11 cast bronze bells. Ten are crowned with a unique bird that symbolizes the rich biodiversity and unique ecological heritage of the region.\n\nThe eleventh bell is crowned with a statue of the HMS Beagle itself. The Beagle, under command of Lieutenant John Stokes, visited what is now Darwin harbour, in 1839.\nThe Port of Darwin was named in Charles Darwin’s honour by his friend and former shipmate, John Clements Wickham.\n\nOriginally, the chime functioned as a musical instrument. The bells were tuned to a specific scale, allowing for composers to create short musical pieces specifically for the chime. These compositions were then played at programmed intervals throughout the day. Unfortunately, the chime program is no longer functional due to technical constraints.\n\n"},{"type":"text","content":"Take a look around and when you are ready, we will move to our next stop."}]},{"address":"Australia Post - Postbox","ttsFile":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2Ftts_1.mp3?alt=media&token=67092d2e-3828-4faa-8b85-9d121ac79412","placeId":null,"location":{"longitudeDelta":0.15858376453835404,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-12.464716254881445,"longitude":130.8433944799975},"media":[{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2FIMG_0176.JPG?alt=media&token=22bc4d0c-fc99-4115-a76b-22cfdd54cf31"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2FLuminousHabitat.JPG?alt=media&token=a6e08695-518b-42ca-bb0d-9444c25c8707"},{"type":"text","content":"Here we are at our next artwork. Artist Katrina Tyler has drawn inspiration from the coastline and maritime history of Darwin for this piece called Luminous Habitat. Drawing specifically from the destinct yet random patterns and clusters formed by marine species upon the pylons of the Stokes Hill Wharf.\n\nKatrina explores the idea that each pole reflects tidal movements. The clusters and growths of species change their characteristics depending on the amount of time they are either submerged or exposed, providing a marker of where tidal movements fluctuate.\n\nReferencing the pylons in an abstracted manner, these light poles symbolically link the Smith Street Mall with the wharf that brought so many people, materials and products, to Darwin, from other lands via the sea.\n\n"},{"type":"text","content":"Ok, let's head down the mall to the shade structure."}]},{"address":"Sra Information Technology Pty Ltd","ttsFile":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2Ftts_2.mp3?alt=media&token=51234e55-5dee-4fd1-b03c-d9df2bf875a3","placeId":"ChIJiyhT9wWRwCwRjnBeyGyXLpQ","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1598130960464033,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-12.464396738275472,"longitude":130.84302969957147},"media":[{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2FLightbox.JPG?alt=media&token=7737a4db-6e29-461c-9349-670a5527b6dd"},{"type":"text","content":"Mounted between the columns at either end of The Mall, are lightboxes.\n\nGroups of lightboxes are strategically placed around the city, and feature rotating exhibitions that highlight the diverse talents of Darwin's emerging artists. Each display is carefully curated to provide a platform for artists to share their unique perspectives and stories with the public. This initiative not only beautifies the urban landscape but also fosters a deeper connection between the community and its artists.\n\n"},{"type":"text","content":"One of the most exciting aspects of these lightboxes is their role in giving emerging artists a public platform. Many of these artists are at the beginning of their careers, and the exposure gained from having their work displayed in such prominent locations can be invaluable."},{"type":"text","content":"The illuminated artworks add a dynamic element to the city’s streets, transforming ordinary public spaces into galleries that can be enjoyed by everyone, day or night."}]},{"address":"Smith St Mall Playground","ttsFile":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2Ftts_3.mp3?alt=media&token=5cfac197-b81a-4b63-b274-d59fadc7554a","placeId":"ChIJ__-N1r-RwCwRxGH_2WevAwk","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1598130960464033,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-12.463986918769617,"longitude":130.84258699565467},"media":[{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2FBats%20(2).JPG?alt=media&token=02dbddd6-972e-401b-b3e0-6f9e4d68f57c"},{"type":"text","content":"If you look up under this shade you'll see the Fruit Bats or Kuluban by Graham Badari. Graham is one of Western Arnhem Land’s most dynamic conteporary artists and has worked for Injalak Arts and Crafts in Gunbalanya since 1990.\n\nWorking across a range of mediums Graham renders his distinctive modern visions of ancient dreamtime stories with deft and fluid lines. His work often explores the dark and mysterious side of Kunwinjku culture.\n\nGraham is well known for his representations of fruit bats. They are a food source for First Nations people and hang from tree branches around towns causing a ruckus as they feed on fruit and blossoms.\n\n"},{"type":"text","content":"OK, next up is a contemporary interpretation of traditional First Nations art, blending new and old styles."}]},{"address":"John McDouall Stuart","ttsFile":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2Ftts_4.mp3?alt=media&token=3bd8ecce-af61-4974-b1f5-cdce3a43b2f2","placeId":null,"location":{"longitudeDelta":0.15858376453835404,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-12.463079789082972,"longitude":130.84187588423583},"media":[{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2FCrocMural%20(2).JPG?alt=media&token=39cc6afd-a02d-4e34-b8ad-da3746aa7a5e"},{"type":"text","content":"This piece is made of glazed tiles and features traditional First Nations designs. Created by Marianne Mungatopi, Janice Murray, and Pedro Wanaemerri in 1998, this mural is celebrated for its vibrant depiction of a crocodile, a creature significant in Australian First Nations culture and local ecology.\n\nMarianne Mungatopi is known for her intricate and colorful artworks that often incorporate traditional First Nations motifs and stories. Janice Murray and Pedro Wanaemerri are also respected artists, and their collaboration on this mural likely brought diverse perspectives and techniques to the project.\n\nThe use of glazed tiles adds durability to the artwork, ensuring its longevity despite exposure to the elements. This mural not only serves as a beautiful piece of art but also contributes to the cultural landscape of Darwin, reflecting the region's rich First Nations heritage and connection to the natural environment.\n\nThe crocodile, as depicted in the mural, holds cultural significance for many First Nations Australian communities, symbolising power, resilience, and connection to the land and waterways. Through their collaboration on this mural, Mungatopi, Murray, and Wanaemerri have created a lasting tribute to the importance of First Nations culture and the unique biodiversity of the Northern Territory.\n\nOur next stop is about 300 metres along Smith Street.\n\n"}]},{"address":"74 Smith St","ttsFile":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2Ftts_5.mp3?alt=media&token=166da0e4-5b2a-497a-863f-6e373bc11905","placeId":null,"location":{"longitudeDelta":0.15858376453835404,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-12.461068386597299,"longitude":130.83985886305663},"media":[{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2FPropeller%20(2).jpg?alt=media&token=59d7c0e7-ffaa-4ddd-8bc7-3ab56c800495"},{"type":"text","content":"This poignant monument commemorates a significant chapter in Darwin’s history and serves as a powerful reminder of the impact of World War II on Darwin.\n\nThe centerpiece of this memorial is a propeller blade from the USS Peary, a U.S. Navy destroyer that was stationed in Darwin Harbor during the war. On February 19, 1942, Darwin experienced its first and most devastating air raid by Japanese forces. This attack aimed to cripple the Allies’ ability to use Darwin as a base for operations in the Pacific.\n\nDuring the raid, the USS Peary was targeted and struck by several bombs, causing it to sink in the harbor. Tragically, out of the 100 and 45 crew members on board, 88 lost their lives. The sinking of the USS Peary is one of the most significant events in Darwin’s wartime history, marking a day of great loss and heroism.\n\nFollowing the war, a Japanese salvage business was awarded the contract to recover wreckage from Darwin Harbour. In the years that followed, the propeller was recovered and repurposed in a deeply meaningful way. It was used as a tombstone for the father of the Japanese salvage company, symbolizing a gesture of reconciliation and remembrance.\n\nYears later, in a profound act of goodwill, the Japanese family decided to return the propeller blade to Darwin, where they felt it truly belonged. This gesture was not only an acknowledgment of the shared history but also a step towards healing and mutual respect between Japan and Australia. The propeller's journey from a shipwreck to a tombstone and finally to this memorial site encapsulates a powerful story of loss, remembrance, and reconciliation.\n\nThe propeller blade you see here is mounted on a sturdy concrete base, accompanied by a plaque that provides information about the ship and the fateful attack. This memorial stands as a tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the USS Peary’s crew. It also reminds us of the profound impact of the war on Darwin and its residents.\n\nThe Bombing of Darwin was a pivotal moment in Australian history. It marked the first time that Australian soil was attacked by a foreign power, leaving a lasting impression on the city and its people. This memorial not only honors the fallen sailors but also ensures that their story is remembered and passed down through generations.\n\nThis propeller blade is more than just a piece of metal; it is a symbol of courage, loss, reconciliation, and the enduring human spirit in the face of adversity.\n"},{"type":"text","content":"Our next stop is just 100 metres further along.\n"}]},{"address":"Farm Gate Training & Consulting","ttsFile":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2Ftts_6.mp3?alt=media&token=b7040245-d150-47dd-8878-ca740fd67045","placeId":null,"location":{"longitudeDelta":0.15858376453835404,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-12.460654580504718,"longitude":130.83926877707336},"media":[{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2FDragonFly%20CP%20(2).JPG?alt=media&token=e4766417-7486-4454-8f21-df0c3ea0af3a"},{"type":"text","content":"OK, we'll stop here to take in this next piece. Look across the road at the stunning artwork that adorns this building. Designed by local Larrakia artist Jason Lee, this vibrant façade is more than just a decorative piece; it’s a powerful symbol of the cultural heritage and natural beauty of Darwin.\n\nJason Lee is a renowned Larrakia artist whose works are deeply rooted in the traditions and stories of his people. The dragonfly motif that you see here is particularly significant. In Larrakia culture, the dragonfly heralds the arrival of the dry season, a time of transformation and renewal. This symbol also resonates with the broader Darwin community, as the dragonfly is part of the City of Darwin’s logo, embodying the spirit of the city and its connection to nature.\n\nThe choice of the dragonfly motif ties together themes of environmental awareness and cultural identity, creating a visually striking and meaningful addition to the cityscape.\n\nAs you observe the artwork, notice the intricate patterns that reflect the natural environment of the Northern Territory. Jason Lee’s style often incorporates elements from the natural world, weaving them into designs that tell stories and evoke a deep sense of place.\n\n"},{"type":"text","content":"This work acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land and promotes cultural awareness and respect."},{"type":"text","content":"OK, let's cross over the road."}]},{"address":"Chime Conservatory","ttsFile":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2Ftts_7.mp3?alt=media&token=6778dd5c-32ab-4ae4-924c-b94738252926","placeId":null,"location":{"longitudeDelta":0.15858376453835404,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-12.460733806089383,"longitude":130.83919099301193},"media":[{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2FChimeDragon.JPG?alt=media&token=093653b2-4b58-4ae0-a323-f0c1fa210a49"},{"type":"text","content":"This enchanting and unique public art installation is the Chime Conservatory. Created by Anton Hassell, the chimes are designed to engage visitors with both its visual beauty and soothing auditory experiences.\n\nThe Chime Conservatory is an immersive art installation that features a series of beautifully crafted chimes.\n\nThis pentatonic set of bells is inspired by the ancient Chinese tradition of the 'chung pien', a musical instrument made up of a set of tuned bells hung in a sculptured frame.\n\nThe 'Chime Conservatory' is in the form of a Buddhist bell within which are hung a collection of Nau-style bells. This pentatonic set of bells are carefully turned and can be played using two soft timber beaters. The frame is laser-cut in steel and assembled with a dragon hanging hoop at its crown.\n\nThe Buddhist temple bell replaced the chung pien tradition in China during and after the Han dynsasty which ended the work of those wonderful bell-founders who sought a musical experssion in their bell designs.\n\nOne of the most engaging aspects of the Chime Conservatory is its interactive nature. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the chimes, creating their own unique melodies. This interaction allows each visit to the conservatory to be a personal and distinctive experience, as the sounds change and blend in response to the movements and participation of the visitors.\n\nTake a moment to appreciate the craftsmanship and creativity that went into its creation. And then we will move on to our next piece about 300 metres around the corner.\n\n"}]},{"address":"Darwin Entertainment Centre","ttsFile":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2Ftts_8.mp3?alt=media&token=55681f4b-747c-4ca9-a6bd-bf4c31ae4caf","placeId":null,"location":{"longitudeDelta":0.15858376453835404,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-12.460263726804794,"longitude":130.836668621675},"media":[{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2FSnake%40DEC.JPG?alt=media&token=625e76a1-3e26-4a7c-a0ea-6ac3efaf4751"},{"type":"text","content":"OK, up under the awning is the Mandjabu fish traps. This installation was created through a collaboration between James Iyuna, Melba Gunjarrwanga, and a group of Kuninku artists.."},{"type":"text","content":"These fish traps are a testament to the rich First Nations heritage and traditional fishing practices of the region.\n\nThe Mandjabu fish traps are not only a remarkable piece of art but also serve as a functional representation of historical fishing techniques used by the First Nations peoples of the area. Fish traps have been a vital part of First Nations culture for thousands of years, allowing communities to sustainably harvest fish from rivers and waterways.\n\nJames Iyuna and Melba Gunjarrwanga, along with the Kuninku artists, have combined their artistic talents and cultural knowledge to create a visually striking and culturally significant installation. By incorporating traditional techniques and materials, they pay homage to the ancestral wisdom passed down through generations.\n\nThe Mandjabu fish traps stand as a tribute to the resilience and ingenuity of First Nations peoples, both past and present, and serve as a reminder of the deep connection between land, water, and culture in Australia.\n\nOur next stop is one of our newer pieces. Come on, I'll show you, it's about 400 metres away.\n\n"}]},{"address":"1 Daly St","ttsFile":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2Ftts_9.mp3?alt=media&token=5e17b592-bd89-4d7c-8a1c-c0a8c815744b","placeId":null,"location":{"longitudeDelta":0.15858376453835404,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-12.46002105063931,"longitude":130.83383998898552},"media":[{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2FMermaid%20(2).JPG?alt=media&token=85e0f0e6-f95a-45a1-8e9d-2b94a7f781ac"},{"type":"text","content":"Here in this beautiful location I present Mirragma gunugurr-wa. Mirragma gunugurr-wa refers to the bamboo raft traditionally used by Larrakia people to cross the ocean from Cox Peninsula on the far side of the harbour, to Darwin."},{"type":"text","content":"Larrakia people had a strong connection to the ocean and would use rafts to travel from one side to the other to attend ceremonies, to fish and hunt.\n\nMirragma gunugurr-wa serves as a testament to the enduring vitality of Larrakia culture. Through the contemporary mediums of art and storytelling, the artists actively perpetuate and transmit traditional knowledge to future generations.\n\nThis beautiful park bordering Darwin city is Bicentennial Park. I encourage you to stroll along the winding path towards our next and final stop. Dotted along the path are a huge range of intriguing things to see. Take your time and explore this tranquil environment and we'll meet at our next stop, about 1 kilometre away .. .. Tamarind Park.\n\n"}]},{"address":"Tamarind Park","ttsFile":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2Ftts_10.mp3?alt=media&token=7cd8861b-5e86-404e-9976-546460240fb1","placeId":null,"location":{"longitudeDelta":0.15858376453835404,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-12.463942074450578,"longitude":130.84082341990288},"media":[{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FidY46lQGrB8bwzEMc6H8%2FIMG_0185.JPG?alt=media&token=94937c52-9c7e-4c75-8c07-afd2a644fd85"},{"type":"text","content":"This is Tamarind Park. The \"Meeting Place\" art installation, here on the corner, reflects the cultural diversity and heritage of the region. Created in 2015, this curved metal installation is a collaborative effort involving several artists: Tony Lee, Denise Quall, Dotty Fejo, Danila Lee, and Roque Lee.\n\n\"Meeting Place\" serves as a symbolic gathering point, embodying the idea of coming together and celebrating the cultural richness of Darwin. The choice of Tamarind Park as the location for this installation is significant, as it is a popular public space in the heart of the city, often used for community events and gatherings.\n\nThe artists drew inspiration from various cultural elements, traditions, and stories to create the installation, reflecting the multicultural fabric of Darwin.\n\n"},{"type":"text","content":"Each artist has contributed their unique artistic style and perspective to the project, resulting in a visually compelling and thought-provoking artwork.\n\nPublic art installations like \"Meeting Place\" play a crucial role in fostering a sense of belonging and pride within communities, while also serving as landmarks that contribute to the identity of a place. By incorporating elements of First Nations culture and contemporary art, this installation enriches the public space and encourages dialogue and interaction among residents and visitors alike.\n\n"},{"type":"text","content":"Take a moment to explore Tamarind Park. There are other artworks place around the park."},{"type":"text","content":"I hope you have enjoyed this tour today. We have seen just a small portion of the public art in Darwin. There is so much more to see. If you have time, I encourage you to explore further, there are lots of great galleries scattered around town. And of course the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory is a must see."},{"type":"text","content":"OK thanks for joining me today. Bye now."}]}]
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