The Deerubbin Centre, officially opened on 25 June 2005, comprises the new Hawkesbury Central Library, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, community meeting rooms and commercial space. Set amidst paved and landscaped grounds, the Centre features underground parking, a café and a specially commissioned public artwork titled ‘Hospital Beds’.
The opening plaque was designed by Andrew Rankine Design Associates and produced by Screenmakers. It is based on an original artwork by Darug Elder Aunty Edna Watson, featuring the river and commemorating the first meeting between Yarramundi, the Indigenous leader, and Governor Arthur Phillip. Elements of this painting will be used by The Deerubbin Centre and the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery for branding purposes.
The finishes applied to the metal on either side of the plaque serve to indicate the different societies that have inhabited this region. The left side is reminiscent of Aunty Edna’s painting suggesting Indigenous habitation which significantly underlays much of the panel. Below this is an arc of clear coated polished aluminium suggesting the beach on the shores of the river. The river wave structure is in three dimension and is constructed of clear coated polished aluminium that reflects light in interesting ways. The right section of the plaque has a pattern treatment which includes rectangular shapes reminiscent of house floor plans indicating European settlement. Holes in this layer give views to the layer beneath. Through the centre of the plaque is the figurative river made from alloy, bent and curved into strips.