A Blanck Canvas
In an exciting collaboration, we teamed up with A Blanck Canvas to design and build the activations for the interactive night-time experience.
A Blanck Canvas is a multi-disciplinary creative workshop founded in 2013. Founder Joe Blanck, has collected and curated a team of wondrous talent, all housed in a creative super ship just outside of Melbourne.
Specialising in large-scale roving puppets, props, sets and site-specific installations for film, theatre and events, A Blanck Canvas launched A Blanck Canvas Productions in 2020.
Bringing together a team of talented puppet and prop-making wizards, engineers, SFX professionals, international performers, project managers, costume and graphic designers in one space, Joe continues to strive to create unique, beautiful works that blend technology and artistry, to transport audiences and transform their relationship to nature and the world around them.
Creating the 27-metre-long animatronic skink
Take a rare behind the scenes look at the design and construction of Tarutharu, the skink.
Anangu artist, Elizabeth Close, designed the stunning artwork featured on our gigantic skink. The design, in her own words, is a reflection of the connection to Country that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have. Relationships with Country are complex dualities that are reflected in nature itself.
Elizabeth Yanyi Close is an Anangu woman from the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara language groups in Central Australia, and an established Contemporary Aboriginal Visual Artist based in Adelaide.
She has spent the past 14 years crafting a dynamic multi-disciplinary visual arts practice that speaks to both her own, personal Connection to Country, and the concept of connection to place and space more broadly.
She works in the mediums of 2D visual arts, large scale muralist installations and digital media.
Elizabeth’s design also features on water bottles and tote bags available for purchase at the Zoo Shop.
We share the story of Tarutharu, the Skink, with the respect and the understanding that it is not our story to tell. This story was shared to us by Kaurna and Narungga man Jack Buckskin, as told to him by First Nations Elders.
Jack Kanya Kudnuitya Buckskin is a proud Kaurna and Narungga man who has dedicated his life to learning and passing on his knowledge and language of the Adelaide Plains to future generations of Kaurna people.
Jack has been a strong icon in the revitalisation process of Kaurna language through managing and performing song and dance with Kuma Kaaru Cultural Services and through teaching Kaurna language.
He believes that as Kaurna language has come from the land this is the only place in the world you will find it, it was in the country before we were born and it is our duty to ensure it continues by learning and using it together.
Joel Van Moore
Joel Van Moore (Vans the Omega) has 25 year’s experience painting large scale works around the globe. From working locally to painting for top name brands worldwide, he has been producing quality works that has propelled his professional career as a full-time artist.
Recognised for his original and impactful style within the street art scene, Joel has created iconic worlds and continues to raise the bar and inspire the coming generations.
Joel’s work is heavily influenced by dream architecture, engineering and spiritual practice. Often paying homage to the natural world through his use of moving imagery accompanied by the observation and contemplation of the environment in which we live…
Moving beyond the spectrum of large scale painting he is developing new works that combine structural objects and aim at implanting a sensory experience and triggering of memories ambiance and deeper connections within them, which lay in unsuspecting places. Reaching into fear’s, emotion and tactics employed by light therapy on brain function.
Founded in 2007 and based in Adelaide, South Australia, Slingsby presents emotionally challenging and engaging storytelling in rich live theatrical realms for family audiences and young people aged eight years and over. It is a theatre company that creates memorable experiences for audiences of all ages.
Slingsby has won local, national and international awards and accolades. Slingsby collaborates with Australia’s finest artists across many disciplines and fosters international theatrical alliances. Slingsby’s productions have travelled throughout Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Singapore, Norway, China and India, earning the company a reputation for excellence in the creation of theatre for young audiences.
Slingsby creates original theatre productions that captivate, challenge and inspire hope, and evoke a sense of renewed wonder in the world we live.