Boorna Waanginy 'The Trees Speak' at PIAF 2017

Kings Park transformed into an immersive labyrinth of light and sound, projected onto massive trees weaving traditional Aboriginal Noongar art and stories that draw parallels to the Western Australia of the modern day and how we commit and relate to this land.

An extraordinary collaborative effort of many artists were involved to bring this piece to life. Steven contributed animation and post-production assistance in the final stages to see the work realised over three consecutive epic nights in February 2017 - attracting an audience of over 100,000 people.

Over three extraordinary nights Kings Park is magically transformed into a cathedral of light, sound and imagery in which the trees come to life.

State of the art technology and the natural world come together for this spectacular walkthrough experience – where great flocks of birds fly overhead and animals dance and play. The event culminates with a light installation dedicated to the protection of the beautiful part of the world we live in – made in collaboration with thousands of young people across WA.

Created in association with the Noongar community, scientists and botanists, Boorna Waanginy explores the inter-connectedness of all life, the fragile beauty of South West Australia’s landscape and the threats it now faces.


Creative Team

Nigel Jamieson Director

Zoe Atkinson Artistic Associate & Designer

Sohan Ariel Hayes Media Artist

Dr Richard Walley Artistic Associate & Cultural Advisor

Kingsley Reeve Sound Designer

Ash Gibson Greig Composer

Mark Howett Lighting Designer

Sean McKernan Lighting Associate Designer

Kim Scott Writer (Six Seasons) & Voice Artist

Shane Pickett Paintings Appearing in Six Seasons