Melbourne 2021 art trams #4 of 6 (D2.5002) WAS Tonight - The Last Supper
  Yuri Sos

On Fri, 16 Jul 2021 16:04:46 +1000, Yuri Sos wrote:

>>At least with this lock down, less vehicular traffic

>>may finally enable me to get 5002 while exercising in next five days or so:

Without D1.3537 in the way, D2.5002 did present nicely for its shot-of-record in St Kilda Road at Coventry Street on a route 6 Glen Iris service (I thought it only resided on route 19, but it's rostered on both 6 and 19).
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Artist: Thomas Marks (Wotjobaluk/Gunaikurnai Peoples)
Artwork: Walking on my Father’s Country
Tram Route: 6 and 19 (Brunswick Depot)
Tram Number: D2.5002

Artist Statement:

“This work represents walking on my father’s Country and the importance of leaving my footprints and connections. My father was a proud Wotjobaluk man. It’s a tribute to him, connecting our two spirits together as father and son. It shows flowering Indigenous plants that grow along the Wimmera River nurtured by the warmth of the sun and the river. These have provided food and cultural resources for Wotjobaluk people for generations.”


Thomas ‘Marksey’ Marks is a Wotjobaluk/Gunaikurnai man from Gippsland. Being one of many Stolen Generations children, he wasn’t able to grow up on his traditional country. As an adult, he is now proudly reclaiming his Aboriginal identity through art. Thomas proudly acknowledges his involvement with the highly successful Pitcha Makin’ Fellas art collective in Ballarat before going to prison. He remembers meeting The Torch CEO, Kent Morris, at Indigenous art exhibitions and events and then again at Ravenhall Correctional Centre, where he joined The Torch Program in 2018.

“Becoming an artist has changed me in so many ways. It has given me a better perspective and outlook on life and it has taught me to have patience; I guess it’s created a whole new world for me and has given me a lot more confidence in myself.” Thomas is motivated by the injustices of his past, as a stolen generations child. This is strongly depicted in the poems written within his artworks. “I guess I focus on things from my past, like the Stolen Generations. It wasn’t my choice, it’s something that was forced upon me. I not only get inspiration from my Stolen Generations background but through my subsequent life experiences in trying to connect back to my identity, culture and aboriginality. When I complete a painting, I feel I have achieved a little bit more of the healing process. It gives me a sense of belonging; a knowing of who I really am. It also gives me a sense that I can achieve anything that I put my mind too.”

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