The Race Goes On

The China Olympics are over, but sports themselves seem to be as old as civilization—or the human race, if you’ll pardon the pun. I’m fascinated by the series of works by Australian aboriginal artist, Wingla Dada (also known as Brian Fisher), depicting the legend-based origins of various sports.

In The Origin of Swimming (above), the Rainbow Serpent is seen carving out the canals that became rivers and streams. In the center is an early aboriginal swimmer, attempting to imitate the superior swimming technique of fish.

I recommend taking a look at Wingla Dada’s entire series, An Aboriginal Version of the Olympic Games and reading about the legends behind the works. And if you like that series, you’ll also want to check out the artist’s Dreamtime series.

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