Drinking Fountain Art by Aboriginal Artist Luke Penrith: “Connections”

A Story of Connection and Harmony for Your Drinking Fountain

Do you love Aboriginal Art? So do we! This is your chance to feature eye-watering Aboriginal Art on your (school) drinking fountain. And make drinking water more attractive to students. Moreover, you help celebrate our first Australians with the next generation.

A student refills his water bottle at an Aquafil Hydrobank School Drinking Trough adorned with a vibrant Aboriginal artwork template depicting interconnected cultural motifs, enhancing the school environment with its artistic beauty and promoting healthy hydration habits.

Following the success of our earlier collaboration with Wiradjuri Artist Luke Penrith, Civiq is proud to announce a new release. Get ready to discover 3 fresh designs by Luke, each with their own story and meaning.

About Aboriginal Artist Luke Penrith

Luke Penrith is a passionate and proud Aboriginal artist. He belongs to the Wiradjuri, Wotjobaluk, Yuin, and Gumbaynggirr Nations. He currently resides and works on Wiradjuri Country in Central NSW.

Water holds immense significance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It’s deeply connected to their culture, survival, and sustainable water management, guided by Lore (Law). Students, teachers, parents and carers love Penrith’s artwork. It’s beautiful, even more so because of the narrative woven through swirling lines and vivid colours.

Aquafil Hydrobank School Drinking Water Station with Connection Aboriginal Artwork Template

About the Artwork “Connections”

Luke’s art captures where freshwater rivers meet the salty sea. This symbolises the interconnectedness of life and the vital role water plays in our communities. This connection holds deep cultural significance for First Nations Australians.

“This artwork comes from the heart of my community. It celebrates the life-giving power of water and whispers stories of ancestral traditions. It reminds us of our responsibility to care for our waterways.” – Luke Penrith, Aboriginal Artist

Beyond hydration, a journey of discovery:

  • Circles of Connection: The artwork’s central circles represent the physical meeting of fresh and saltwater. Fresh and saltwater represent a powerful convergence of forces, a place of renewal and fertility. It’s a testament to the significance of these converging elements in sustaining life for my people for thousands of generations.
  • Waves of Care: It also symbolises the deep connection between people and the land. They speak of a symbiotic relationship where each thrives on the other. Gentle waves ripple outward, symbolising a call to action. They urge us to protect these vital ecosystems. Honouring and preserving water has a profound impact on the well-being of all.
  • A Legacy of Care: Each spec of paint reminds us of the rich legacy we inherit from our ancestors. And the responsibility we hold for future generations. Penrith’s piece invites us to safeguard the lifeblood of our communities. Plus it reminds us of our responsibility to ensure the continued flourishing of salt water and fresh water people, and culture.
A smiling boy refilling his water bottle at an Aquafil Hydrobank School Drinking Trough adorned with a vibrant connections Aboriginal artwork template, showcasing cultural richness and promoting hydration.

Penrith’s passion for inspiring a brighter future

As an Aboriginal artist, Penrith is passionate about sharing his culture and values with the wider community. He sees his collaboration with Civiq as an opportunity to educate and inspire young and old.

“I hope these artworks encourage students to embrace healthy habits, make sustainable choices, and appreciate the beauty and importance of water,” says Penrith. “It’s about building a connection to our environment and understanding our role in protecting it.”

A close-up view of the drinking fountain nozzle on an Aquafil Hydrobank.

“We’re honoured to partner with Luke Penrith on this project. His artwork beautifully embodies sustainability, community, and well-being. We believe ‘Connections’ encourages people to stay hydrated, inspire them to connect with their environment and celebrate cultural diversity.” – Evelyn Prooper, Marketing Manager at Civiq.

Civiq: Committed to hydration, community, and sustainability

Civiq shares Penrith’s vision for a healthier and more sustainable future. With our range of drinking water stations, we provide accessible and environmentally conscious hydration solutions. At the same time, Civiq supports cultural understanding and community engagement.

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