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approximate size: 1520mm x 920mm
*due to the size of this artwork, please contact us on 02 9211 5959 to discuss shipping options. alternatively, you are welcome buy this online using the local pick up option and collect from our surry hills showroom.
for the pitjantjatjara people living in the desert, knowledge of their water sources was critical to their survival. this resulted in an intimate understanding of the landscape which continues today. water is an essential element in the desert. these rock holes were particularly important during the dry season when most of the water holes and creeks dried up. deep familiarity with the topography of their country and the way rain would interact with the land ensured constant sources of water could be found. knowledge of rock hole sites is passed on from generation to generation and revered by all anangu (people). tjukula means rock-holes, which are found with surprising frequency in the musgrave ranges and country around ernabella. between visits, anangu would use a construction of rocks and spinifex to guard these important water sources from spoilage by feral and stock animals such as cattle, camels, horses and donkeys.
this original artwork has been hand painted by aboriginal artists at the ernabella arts centre. ernabella arts centre is a place where elders, young women and men practice their art, in order to sustain, support and promote cultural heritage and improve the lifestyle of their communities members.
at planet, we donate the full retail margin (after the cost of framing, gst and artist's commission) to a charity nominated by ernabella arts centre; the western dialysis centre.