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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.

Nilpena Ediacara Visitor Centre

Nilpena Ediacara Visitor Centre

A photo-realistic animation experience projection mapped onto a fossil bed in the newly minted Nilpena Ediacara National Park.

Sandpit were lucky enough to collaborate with the South Australian Department of Environment and Water and animation partner Model Farm to create an immersive experience that tells the story of the Ediacara Biota; animals that lived half a billion years ago.

An animated capture of the spriggina projections

We mapped a nine metre fossil bed and, in collaboration with Dr Mary Droser and her team of palaeontology experts, brought these incredibly important animals back to life.

The animation is accompanied by a voice over narration that details the story of how the animals miraculously came to be fossilised, despite having no skeletons.

A person's hand bathed in the light of the projections inside the cave

Sandpit were able to work very closely with the palaeontology team to ensure that the storytelling balanced drama and intrigue with scientific accuracy in a swiftly evolving field.

An animated capture of the animated projections

The Ediacara Biota are extraordinarily significant in the history of life on Earth and are described as the ‘answer to Darwin’s dilemma’. Many of the animals included in the twenty minute animation have never been seen in such detail or realism before, giving us a rare opportunity to be at the cutting edge of science education globally.

The visitor's precinct photographed at night
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