Design Of Arafura Games 2019 Winning Medals Unveiled

Design Of Arafura Games 2019 Winning Medals Unveiled

Northern Territory Minister for the Arafura Games Natasha Fyles

Locals Create Revitalised Arafura Games Medal Ceremonies

Victor P Taffa

Goannas, reclaimed wood from Cyclone Marcus, clapsticks and the didgeridoo will all feature in the Arafura Games medal ceremonies, giving the events a distinct Territory flavour.

“Territory Government is bringing back the Arafura Games to create opportunities for Territorians in a range of ways, from athletes and volunteers to Territory creatives and businesses.” Minister for the Arafura Games Natasha Fyles said.

“Medal ceremonies will be filled with the work of talented Territorians who have seized these opportunities and will see their creations exposed to an international audience.”

Dotty Fejo

Larrakia artist Dotty Fejo designed the gold, silver and bronze medals, which feature a striking goanna design.

Dotty’s art is unique in the way she uses lines to create a 3D effect, and her medal design is no exception with curved lines creating the sense of goannas swimming in freshwater. These are not just medals, they are works of art.

“We hunt goanna, they are strong and agile and powerful, like an athlete. They put up a good fight.” Larrakia artist Dotty Fejo said.

Joel Mitchell

Darwin artist and sculptor Joel Mitchell designed the podiums and medal trays, crafting each unique piece from reclaimed timber salvaged from trees felled by Cyclone Marcus last year.

Joel is passionate about conservation and revealing the beauty of discarded timber, and he used three different types of wood for the different medals:

  • Raintree will represent first place,
  • Ghost Gum second,
  • African Mahogany third.

Embracing the inclusivity of the Games, the podiums will be designed in such a way they will be easily accessible for athletes with a disability.

“I love incorporating reclaimed and recycled timber into my sculptures and revealing its inner beauty. Sculpting reclaimed timber for the winners’ podiums will add to the celebrations of the Games and the unique journey of all the athletes.” sculptor Joel Mitchell said.

Tony “Duwun” Lee

Larrakia artist Tony “Duwun” Lee is creating the fanfare music in collaboration with musician Michael Tan. A combination of clapsticks and the didgeridoo with a melodic, orchestral theme, the fanfare will be played at each medal ceremony.

“I am honoured and grateful to be a part of the 2019 Arafura Games opening ceremony on Larrakia country with family. Last year I was a part of the Commonwealth Games Opening ceremony on the Gold Coast, playing with the North Winds Didgeridoo Orchestra. This year it’s a privilege to be able to do this on my land.” Larrakia artist Tony “Duwun” Lee said.

“Just as the Arafura Games is a unique event in a unique place, so too are the new medals, podiums and fanfare music.” Minister Fyles said.

Arafura Games will be held from 26 April-4 May 2019.