The Yeperenye Sculpture is an exciting collaborative public art work. The project celebrates the Yeperenye (Ayepe-arenye) caterpillar, the most important of the three caterpillars that are the major creative ancestors of Alice Springs.
On entering the three metre high Yeperenye sculpture visitors will find information and artworks detailing the caterpillars habitat, life cycle and cultural significance. The sculpture has been developed by metal artist Dan Murphy working with students from the Center for Appropriate Technology's ATWork program. Mentoring based workshops with school children and local artists developed one hundred community generated panels to decorate the caterpillar.
This project has been made possible through the generous support of the Grand Circle Foundation. Each year the Grand Circle Foundation bring American visitors to Alice Springs. Proceeds from their travels contribute to community projects all over the world, including this one.
The project has also been possible due to the dedication and participation of the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT). CAT is an Indigenous organisation committed to providing appropriate technology services in remote communities. CAT's ATWork (Aboriginal Technical Worker) program is a fully accredited, nationally recognised, training course.