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SWELL Smalls Gallery 2023 Artwork – Basking in the Sun – Eastern Water Dragons

On Sam’s first day on the Gold Coast, she walked to the top of Burleigh Hill (Jellurgal), where she felt something touch her big toe. It was a dragon’s welcome to her new home, and the moment she fell in love with these beautiful prehistoric lizards. She loves their stillness, the way they pose like statues, calm against the ever-changing waters, stoic and hopeful symbols of endurance in an uncertain world. She hopes you feel their quiet power and strength while remembering the fragility of their environment.