As Australia celebrates Australia Day, the white sails of the Sydney Opera house have been lit up with indigenous art.
But it seems not everyone agrees this is a day to be celebrated…
This is the first time the sails have been lit up in this way on January 26th, Australia Day.
And it’s safe to say, the lights have received a strong reaction.
Created by an indigenous artist, the spectacle is designed to represent something very special.
Keep scrolling to find out what…
January 26th marks Australia Day.
The official national day of Australia marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet in New South Wales and the raising of the British flag at Sydney Cove.
In modern-day Australia, the day aims to reflect and celebrate the diverse society and landscape of the nation.
As per Australia Day, it is an established and significant day in the national calendar with 4 in 5 Australians seeing it as ‘more than a day off’ and over sixteen-thousand people choosing it to become new citizens each year.
And this years celebration are well underway.
So far, we have seen the WugulOra morning ceremony at Sydney’s Barangaroo Reserve.
The ceremony saw the national anthem sung in the Eora Sydney language by Aboriginal vocal performance group the KARI singers.
It was then followed with the English version.
A little while after dawn, an Aboriginal and Australian flag was raised on the Harbour Bridge.
And thousands have flocked to local beaches to enjoy a barbecue in the sun.
But there’s one event during the day that has really captured everyone attention.
The Sydney Opera House being lit up with indigenous art…
The sails on the Sydney Opera House were lit just before dawn.
Adorned with colorful indigenous art.
It is the first time that the iconic structure has been decorated with indigenous artwork on January 26th.
The design for the projection was created by artist Frances Belle-Parker, with the purpose of representing the oldest living culture in the world.
The design incorporates colors that are present in the Australian landscape and coastline, as per Nine News.
The circle markings depict the more than two-hundred and fifty Aboriginal language groups in Australia.
While the vertical marks represent the two-hundred nationalities that call Australia home.
Nine News reported that Belle-Parker said, “Our sense of belonging to the land is something that is intrinsically embedded into our being, and as First Nations people we are responsible for sharing the truth of our history.”
While celebrations are ongoing throughout the day, they aren’t the only thing happening.
Marches are planned in many cities to advocate abolishing Australia Day and demand justice for First Nations people.T
As it is every year, the country is embroiled in a debate about whether Australia Day’s date should be changed or the name changed to Invasion Day.
Well, there’s no doubt that the art is an incredible design!
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