The Yerrakartarta ceramic mural was constructed between 1993 - 1994 and is located in the Lower Forecourt, Intercontinental Hotel, North Tce in Adelaide City. The word ‘Yerrakartarta’ is an indigenous Kaurna word meaning 'at random' or 'without design'.
This work reflects the seemingly random order of the natural world and consists of various sculptural elements set within the pavement and surrounding walls. The work incorporates fossil-like animal forms, representing the history of the land and includes a large ceramic mural about the Tjillbruke Dreaming story.
The work is also a celebration of the ongoing and contemporary nature of Aboriginal art. At the time of its installation the project was the largest public commission of Aboriginal artwork to be designed and directed by an Aboriginal artist, Darryl Pfitzner Milika, with assistance from several other artists including Muriel Van Der Byl, Stephen Bowers, Jo Crawford and Jo Fraser.
The labels read: 1) Kaurna Yerta Natta atto Nanga Bukki Nakki. This artwork is a tribute to the Kaurna people who are and have been part of this country since time immemorial understanding and observing the immutable laws that bind us all.
2) These works tell a story built upon other stories most notably that of Tjilbruke, a kaurna ancestor. The name Yerrakartarta means 'without design' or 'at random'. Yerrakartarta, How far do we isolate and unravel and what is measured?
This post is part of the Monday Murals meme.