WAAAF Historic Walk
Berrigan Shire Council
The WAAAF Creek Walk project incorporates art, history and design to celebrate an overlooked part of Australian history and frame it for a contemporary audience.
The walk tells the history of the Women’s Australian Air Force Auxiliary Force (WAAAF). The project required extensive research and copywriting to discover and share the story of these pioneering Australian women.
The beginning of the WAAAF Creek Walk is marked by a 4.5m tall steel sculpture, showing the WAAAF working together to get the planes in the air.
The artwork for the sculpture represents the WAAAF contribution to operation of the RAAF in Tocumwal (represented by a B-24 Liberator Bomber).
The airwomen are depicted in a variety of WAAAF uniforms. The artwork was based on photographs from the collection at the Australian War Memorial.
The plane when viewed from underneath is intended to be silhouetted against the sky. This references both the time when these aircraft flew over Tocumwal and the aircraft identification training given to all new members of the WAAAF.
The story of the WAAAF is told on panels along the walk. They feature photos that we have hand coloured to bring the story of the WAAAF to life today. The panels contain poetry, photographs and highlights of the history of the WAAAF. There are two transparent panels that create the illusion of WAAAF walking on the path.
The concept and design for the sculpture, signage and wayfinding was developed by Sivonne Creative, along with the research, copywriting, artwork and design for the interpretive panels. We also created the 3D technical drawings and renderings for engineering, steel manufacturing and installation.
The project was developed in collaboration with both Visattak and Riverina Allweld and was constructed locally in Deniliquin in 2021.
Scope of work
Historic Research, Graphic Design, Public Artwork, Concept Rendering, Wayfinding Design, Branding, Community Engagement, Copywriting