Hobart’s ‘Feeling the Country’ art work

The first Aboriginal artwork commissioned by the City of Hobart now fills the exterior walls of a tourist information centre in Elizabeth Mall.

Called Feeling the Country, the contemporary work was created by Indigenous Tasmanian designer, Michelle Maynard, and was inspired by the Mouheneneer people, whose community once lived at the mall site.

“I hope that Feeling the Country will be a proud centerpiece and will help to build a committed and productive relationship with Tasmanian Aboriginal people,” Ms Maynard said.

Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said the Elizabeth Mall site was a physical, cultural and spiritual intersection at the base of kunanyi / Mt Wellington, Hobart Rivulet and the River Derwent.

The Lord Mayor added that the City was developing an Aboriginal Commitment and Action Plan to inform its relationships with Tasmanian Aboriginal people, including truth telling and making Hobart a safe cultural space for Aboriginal people.