Glenthorne National Park Nature Playspace
Glenthorne National Park Nature Playspace

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Nestled within the valley floor amidst a mature stand of remnant eucalypts, the Nature Play Precinct encourages children and visitors to engage in the complexity of the creek bed, from climbing and jumping on the rocky outcrops and digging and discovering hidden ‘found’ objects in the billabong sand pits, and, of course, an opportunity to get wet! The local rocks reveal the geological history of the region and are etched by wind and water, as well as ancient movements beneath the earth's surface.

The KURI KURRU – Spirits of the Seasons, are crafted and expressive sculptural works designed by Cultural Creatives Karl Winda Telfer a revered Burka (senior traditional wisdom holder) and Traditional Owner and his daughter Tikana Telfer, in collaboration with TCL and Climbing Tree.  KURI represents the sacred ‘Circle of Ceremony’, acknowledging the natural cycles of everything within our biosphere, including the biodiversity in the Country. KURRU, symbolizes movement and change, and signifies the shifting weather patterns and the climate. These six sculptural elements appear to walk Country in conversation with the creek bed and their branching bases, sourced from reclaimed trees and turned upside down, create an over-scaled climbable maze.

In reimagining Ityamaiitpinna Yarta / Glenthorne as a national park, the ephemeral creek remains a life source, a cherished connector, nurturing reconciliation, and celebrating this ancient land through its ongoing restoration and connection to Country. 

Details
Client Name
Department for Environment and Water
Location
O'Halloran Hill, SA
Year
2023
Cultural Creatives
Karl Winda Telfer, Tikana Telfer
Architecture
Phillips Pilkington Architect
Nature Play
Climbing Tree
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TCL acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people — the traditional custodians of the land on which we work. We respect their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture and recognise that sovereignty has never been ceded. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.