Thapu Wani Watina

Product Code: THANR18H66

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Thapu Wani Watina

This painting is called “Thapu Wani Watina” which means “Brothers Playing Side By Side” in the Kalkadoon language.

In my painting the rainbow serpent represents the Dreamtime and Indigenous history, culture and connection to the land. The thirteen handprints represent the Indigenous All Stars players that will take to the field, being brothers they are all connected to each other playing as one and are filled with pride and passion.

    The two bronze stars represent Rugby League Bronzed Immortals “Arthur Beetson” and “Mal Meninga” with both brothers forever leaving their mark on the game of Rugby League with “Arthur Beetsons” bronze star (on the left) encircled by another star which represents the All Stars Arthur Beetson Memorial Trophy.

The 20 red stars represent the whole Indigenous All Stars squad and they are all proud to be members of this team representing all Indigenous Australians. The red in the stars represents the motto “One brother bleeds, all brothers bleed”.

The football with the gaps represents both the All Stars teams and the NRL that are both closing the gap between Indigenous and Non Indigenous Australians and the sun represents the brighter future that our country has working towards reconciliation thanks to the All Stars Game.

 The three flags represent all of Australia – The Aboriginals, The Torres Strait Islanders and the rest of the nation. The flags are surrounded by a community symbol which represents all communities coming together for the game. The footprints represent the different communities and people that travel to the game to give their support and the kangaroo and emu footprints shows the All Stars Game and the NRL’s persistence for equality and unity which is always moving forwards and never backwards just like the kangaroo and emu.

The three boomerangs represent the Indigenous warriors that have come to do battle on the football field and the rest of the circles and dots represent the rest of Australia that watch the game and show their support to this proud unified game.

This painting design has been used by the NRL for their Reconciliation Action Plan until 2017 as well as the 2015 Indigenous All Stars Mens Jersey, the 2015 Indigenous All Stars Womens Jersey as well as supporter memorabilia such as caps, footballs, flags etc.

Size – 122cm wide X 91cm high

Medium – Acrylic and textured acrylic on canvas.

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