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Acknowledgement of Country

Sandpit respectfully works across the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nations, as well as the Kaurna and Yugambeh peoples. We recognise and respect their continued cultural, spiritual and technological practices.

We also extend this to all First Nations peoples across the land known as Australia and pay respects to their Ancestors and Elders past and present.

As the very first storytellers and technologists, First Nations peoples possess invaluable knowledge and perspectives that are crucial to the work that we do across both the physical and digital realms.

Horridus: Fate of the Dinosaurs

Horridus: Fate of the Dinosaurs

In partnership with Melbourne Museum, Sandpit created the third act of Horridus: Fate of the Dinosaurs, focusing on the dinosaurs’ only living descendants: birds.

We created an immersive projection-mapped experience that covers the walls and ceiling of the third and final stage of the Horridus exhibition.

It focuses on native Victorian birds and includes three nooks visitors can enter to have a one on one encounter with an animation of a bird in the wild. Each nook is themed around a habitat: City, Water or Bush.

When visitors enter a nook, they are instructed to stand very still so that a bird might visit them. Beautiful animations by illustrator Chris Edser then play out. The experience is highly interactive and visitors are invited to ‘talk bird’ by doing their best to imitate the sounds the bird speaks to them.

To make this interactivity a reality, Sandpit built an immersive environment in Unreal Engine and collaborated with Brendan Woithe (KLANG) to design a sweeping bird soundscape.

Outside the nooks, the entire space is projection mapped to showcase the flying silhouettes of dozens of birds from around the world.

Sandpit worked closely with Melbourne Museum and Kulin Nations elders to include the image of Bunjil in the exhibition. Bunjil is the creator spirit of the Kulin Nations and takes the form of a wedge-tailed eagle. He has his own tree incorporated into the exhibition design and flies around the room with the other birds, keeping watch over all.

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