Emu, kangaroo, goanna and platypus have returned to Mount Druitt Hospital as part of local Elder Uncle Danny Eastwood's contemporary re-imagining of a traditional Aboriginal gathering place.
Located at Mount Druitt Hospital, the garden creates a centrepiece to celebrate our Aboriginal community, tradition and culture, and provides a welcome oasis for all hospital patients, carers, staff and families.
About the project
Mount Druitt Healing Garden was a proposal of local Aboriginal elders and was designed in collaboration with Aboriginal artist Danny Eastwood and Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre.
It creates a special garden for the Mount Druitt Hospital Community Dialysis Centre which can be shared by the nearby Palliative Care Unit and the rest of the hospital.
Uncle Danny also collaborated with artist Henryk Topolnicki, from Art Is An Option, to create two sculptural seats.
The garden includes motifs designed by Indigenous artists Uncle Danny Eastwood, rendered into sculpture by artist Henryk Topolnicki.
The seat and paving are surrounded by traditional Aboriginal bush tucker, weaving and healing plants which will create a rich sensory and tactile garden experience for patients, carers and staff.
A contemporary smoking pit creates a focal point for future ceremonies and celebrations.