Aboriginal Art behind a leafless tree

“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”
– Australian Aboriginal Proverb

This is for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday

I saw this public art behind a tree as we were walking from a restaurant back to where Pat lives. This is near the train station in Northcote. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find out anything more about this…like who painted it or when it was done because it was off limits and can’t find anything in Google.

For BeckyB’s #TreeSquare

There is no written language for Australian Aboriginal People so in order to convey their important cultural stories through the generations it is portrayed by symbols/icons through their artwork.   

It is imperative to pass on information to preserve their culture.  These vary from region to region, they are generally understood and form an important part of Australian Indigenous art.

Symbols are traditionally used as an important part of contemporary Aboriginal art. Most of the symbols used in Aboriginal iconography are relatively simple but to tell a more complex story they are used in more elaborate combinations. (Excerpts from @aboriginal-art-australia.com)

For Photographing Public Art Challenge

It is an Electrical station with doors all around it.

This is for Dan’s Thursday Doors Challenge


  1. Isn’t this artwork just amazing. I have pictures of Maori art from when we visited New Zealand. We haven’t managed to visit Australia yet.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Roberta. Maybe one day you will be able to come and visit.

      1. Something to look forward too.

        1. Teresa says:


  2. BeckyB says:

    what a fantastic artwork and feel very honoured it has been included in squares this month – thank goodness for the well placed tree!

    1. Teresa says:

      The tree was just in the right place. Thanks Becky.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    I like the artwork. I really like that they extended it to the utility cabinets..

    1. Teresa says:

      True, makes boring things look pleasant to look at.

  4. Marsha says:

    OM Gosh, Teresa, this is amazing art, isn’t it? This is a fantastic treasure. Your story is enough to give us the idea about where the artwork got its inspiration. When I visited Australia, I had the privilege of listening to an Aboriginal performer on a didgeridoo. Here’s my post with his picture. https://alwayswrite.blog/2021/03/24/wqwwc-17-leisure/. There was one other post, but it didn’t come up right away when I searched. If I find it, I think it has a video, I’ll send it to you. 🙂 Thanks for joining in PPAC. This was perfect. 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      So happy that you liked this post of mine. These people are such an inspiration to all of us and their paintings should be appreciated and admired by all people around the globe.

      Visited your post with the didgeridoo player. The sound of this instrument is quite amazing too…it’s good you experienced it personally.

      1. Marsha says:

        I’ll have to find my other post where I included the sound recording of it. I was fascinated. And we had a chance to talk to him for a bit as well.

        1. Teresa says:

          That is nice.

          1. Marsha says:

            Hi again, Teresa. Here is my post with the video of him playing. The sound is mesmerizing to me. https://alwayswrite.blog/2017/02/21/looking-up-a-didgeridoo/

          2. Teresa says:

            Thanks for sharing, Marsha. So I guess you had some difficulty understanding him? Haha it is amazing that he was using the didgeridoo for almost his entire life. Thanks again.

          3. Marsha says:

            It’s hard to understand everyone at times. The vocabulary is different as are the accents. Even concentrating, I struggled sometimes.

          4. Teresa says:

            By the way, were you one of those asking questions, Marsha?

          5. Marsha says:

            I’d have to listen again. Probably. 🤪

  5. picpholio says:

    Nice street art !
    Have a nice weekend,

    1. Teresa says:

      Have a great weekend too! And thanks. 🙏🏻

  6. Toonsarah says:

    I love the rich colours of this Aboriginal art – gorgeous!

    1. Teresa says:

      Yeah it is beautiful 🤩

  7. Beautiful colors, symbols and designs!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks a lot Rebecca 🤩

  8. I love the art and as you know from my Thursday Doors post this week, I love decorated power boxes. 🙂


    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, I like it. It brings some joy to passers by.

  9. Cee Neuner says:

    Very cool finds for this week. Love the red and black boxy thing. 😀

    1. Teresa says:

      Yess, happy that you liked it!

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