The Square Mirrabooka, owned by The Perron Group, and managed by JLL unveiled their second mural, Kadidjiny Djet, as a part of their community art trail program. The mural was painted by local artist Jade Dolman of J.D. Penagke. Jade Dolman is an Aboriginal artist with Whadjuk/Ballardong, Eastern Arrernte heritage.
The mural depicts Dolman’s interpretation of ‘Mirrabooka’ and incorporates a range of native flowers including Bulgalla, meaning Firewood Banksia and Cujong, meaning Wattle. Kadidjiny Djet means learning from the flowers. In Indigenous culture, when certain flowers would bloom, it would indicate when specific animals or foods were ready for collection.
Dolman commented on her art, “Art was a way to feel connected to my culture and I found I could express stories and emotions through paintings. The relevance of Noongar culture in today’s society and that we still practice our culture including Bush medicine practices, following the seasons, art and performances.”
The mural was inspired by the beautiful flowers of Makaru. All the flowers in this mural have many uses for Noongar people as either medicines or food. Kadidjiny Djet means learning from the flowers. In Indigenous culture, when certain flowers would bloom, it would indicate when specific animals or foods were ready for collection.
The project is one of many The Square Mirrabooka community activations as they celebrate local and international cultures including last year’s Harmony Day where people from 77 nationalities united at The Square Mirrabooka on 15 March 2019 to set a new Guinness World Record for the most nationalities in a drum circle.