Participants could choose to walk part or all of the 80km, accompanying "Canoe" the ephemeral centrepiece in which water from "Big Rock" in the You Yangs was carried to Barwon Heads where it was returned to the ocean; fresh water returning to the sea. To quote the event website:
The route is punctuated with edgy artworks commissioned for M~M, bringing people together through shared experiences of extreme arts that celebrate our land. In the tradition of Wadawurrung, M~M creates a contemporary songline across the Geelong and Queenscliffe regions.
"Canoe" and the walkers were accompanied on their journey by flags representing each of the City of Greater Geelong council wards and the Borough of Queenscliffe. The flags were carried by invited volunteers who have contributed to the local community. Likewise, "Canoe" was carried by those who contribute to the community in many ways - the CFA, Ford, Deakin University, The Celtic Festival, Crossing Supervisors, Surf Lifesavers to name a few.
At each of 12 stations along the route, walkers and the community were able to experience a different art installation, each of which was based around a walking circle created by a local artist or group of artists to reflect the local community and environment.
The show was kicked off by the first of three ceremonies, integral to the whole experience. The ceremonies were each designed to "celebrate the land, the heritage and the people of the Geelong region."
|"Gathering of the Elders" ceremony, Big Rock|
The first, was the "Gathering of the Elders" at Big Rock, a predominantly indigenous ceremony highlighting the ancient history of the region and culminating in the collection of water from the equally ancient rock well at the site, to be carried by "Canoe" to the ocean.
|Wathaurong rock well, Big Rock|
The ceremony concluded with the unveiling of the artwork "Canoe"
|"Canoe" carried to the ceremony by the creating artists Leonard Tebegetu and|
Mahony Maia Keily and representatives from Parks Victoria
and an indigenous smoking ceremony before walkers, flag bearers and those carrying "Canoe" departed on the first leg of the journey.
|Uncle Bryon Powell performing the smoking ceremony at Big Rock|
|Leaving the You Yangs behind|
|Cowies Creek, Lara|
|The shores of Limeburners' Lagoon nearing sunset|
|The shores of Corio Bay|
|The lights of Viva (previously Shell)|
|Past meets present. Ford employees carry "Canoe" to Moorpanyal park...|
|where Deakin's academics take up the responsibility|
|"Jellyfish" at the Gathering of the City Ceremony|
|Dancers performing during the Gathering of the City Ceremony|
And the rest of the journey follows here: Mountain to Mouth 2016: walk this land