Cam Scale

Les Huddleston

From Darwin Street Art Festival 2017


Cam Scale and Les Huddleston

While in Kakadu, local artist Les Huddleston spotted what he thought was a huge dust storm brewing. As he got closer the real image emerged – more than 60 brolgas kicking up the dust as they danced.

Brolgas are known for their intricate mating dances, which often begin by tossing a piece of grass in the air and catching it in their bill. The elegant birds then jump into the air with open wings.
Huddleston and Melbourne-based artist Cam Scale created this wet season themed mural in response to the wall’s venue – Monsoons.

“When the monsoonal rains come the billabongs get full of water to the extent that they meet the saltwater. When they meet the saltwater come in and breed in the billabong. That billabong turns into a life source for Aboriginal people that go down and drink water and hunt for fish and the birds eat the fish and the turtles. The painting represents a life force”, Huddleston explained.
The depiction of fish swirling in the billabong at the feet of the dancing brolgas is a reminder of the beauty and necessity of the natural world.

“The mural shows the importance of our natural environment. Maintaining our natural environment is the most important thing we can do and I think people tend to forget that sometimes. If we don’t maintain our environment it doesn’t matter what we do”, Scale said.