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Cyclone Tracy Theme: The Land

Artist: Rover THOMAS
Birth/Death: 1926–1998

Title: Cyclone Tracy

Credit Line: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

On Christmas Eve 1974, Cyclone Tracy destroyed the city of Darwin. The event was interpreted by Aboriginal elders in the adjacent Kimberley region as a warning by the ancestral Rainbow Serpent to Aboriginal people to keep their culture strong.

In Thomas' painting, the black form represents the cyclone itself gaining in intensity as it heads towards Darwin. Minor winds, some carrying red dust, are shown feeding into the main image.



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