Designed by young Kungarakan graphic designer Toby Bishop, Ancient Tracks pays homage to traditional Indigenous navigation and land management practices.
The work has been printed on fabric and wrapped around scaffolding on the façade of the Woolworths building on George and Park streets, opposite Sydney Town Hall.
Towering above one of Sydney’s busiest intersections, the artwork will be in place for most of 2022 while the Woolworths building is repainted.
Responding to a call out to designers, photographers and artists for strong images inspired by a greener city, Toby Bishop’s work was unanimously selected from around 180 submissions.
“My artwork Ancient Tracks pays homage to Indigenous navigation and land management, reflecting and speaking to a vibrant evolving global city.
For thousands of generations, tracks across Australia were created by our ancestors, gently formed with an interconnected relationship to Country and cultures.
These sacred tracks evolved over time, in line with the seasons, ceremony and trade. Pathways are as dynamic as the land.”
Designer Toby Bishop grew up on the south coast of NSW and is a member of the Kungarakan clan, custodians of the Finniss River in the Fitzmaurice Region of the Northern Territory.
Toby has worked as a graphic designer since graduating from university in 2017 and in 2019 joined Balarinji a Sydney-based Indigenous design agency.
Toby has worked on projects throughout Australia, engaging with Aboriginal communities, and working with artists and knowledge holders to create site specific public installations that have significant impact to the areas, both culturally and aesthetically. He sees his work as helping to bring the spirit of the site back to the place through ancient stories.