Harvesting Kultcha

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Linking traditional knowledge of how women gather the honey ant across scrubland with an interactive experience for younger generations. Features the work of Yvonne Bonney, Artists of Ampilatwatja.

Children (and adults) of all ages will enjoy this fun, dynamic and interactive game of discovery inspired by the constant movement in a honey ant nest.

Flowing out from an illuminated central artwork, tracks of lights replicate the tunnels in an ant’s nest and lead to eight, larger-than-life honey ants. Jump on an activation pad and watch their honey sacs fill with light and the burrows come to life.

The artwork pays homage to the traditional knowledge of women gathering the honey ants beneath mulga trees. Using digging sticks, they dig tunnels about a metre down into the nest to extract the ants, which are then collected in coolamons.