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Emergence Mural

Further information

  • UWA Archives Collections
  • 100 Treasures - Leonard French, Emergence

‘Emergence’ is the title of the mural located on the southern wall of the courtyard in the Social Sciences building.

Australian artist Leonard French designed it in 1976 for the then newly constructed building. According to French,

The overall idea is presented against a background of earth and sky, I want to indicate a duality of river – serpent, moon – turtle, ancient sun, and in the form of a montage, figures thrusting up from the earth.(1)

The University’s Senate and Department of Anthropology and Economics and the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council jointly funded the mural. The Australia Council contributed $10,000 towards the completion of this project.(2)



(1) Speech by Vice Chancellor 13th February 1976. Old General File 4259 Social Sciences Building
(2) Minutes of Social Sciences Building Art Project Group. (1975). Old General File 4259(3).

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