Pub­lic art­work a homage to rich his­tory

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Ge­off Vi­vian

Carnar­von’s pub­lic art­work project is pro­gress­ing steadily, with the first of five sculp­tures dis­patched from Perth this week to be erected on the grass is­land near Toy­world.

Fuse Art Col­lec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sab­rina Dowl­ing Gi­u­dici said all five works were col­lab­o­ra­tions.

“Bonni In­gram is the con­tem­po­rary Abo­rig­i­nal artist, An­ton Blume is the lead artist, and I am the art pro­ducer,” she said.

The work is called Ra­dio Wave Bench Sculp­ture and is to be erected out­side Carnar­von’s ANZ Bank.

Ms Guidici said the art­work was de­signed us­ing math­e­mat­i­cal for­mu­las in a process called para­met­ric de­sign. “It’s pretty avant-garde,” she said. Ms Gi­u­dici said the group was now work­ing on the largest of the five works, which is the en­try state­ment.

“It has the Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tural sym­bols of coun­try — they have been gifted di­rectly by the elders of the five lan­guage groups of the Gas­coyne: In­gaada, Baiyungu, Tha­langi, Thudgarri and Mal­gana,” she said.

“Now that is ex­tra­or­di­nary.” When com­plete, the 5m en­try state­ment will be erected in the round­about near Jolly’s Tyre­power.

A Shire rep­re­sen­ta­tive said the third of the works recog­nised the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion agri­cul­ture made to the town, and was a salute to all who worked the plan­ta­tions. “The piece also rep­re­sents the deep con­nec­tion be­tween the plan­ta­tions and the Gas­coyne River,” she said.

The ti­tle of the sculp­ture is Hor­ti­cul­ture Salute, which Ms Gi­u­dici de­scribed as the por­trayal of a plan­ta­tion worker rest­ing in the shade of a river gum con­tem­plat­ing their crop.

“The con­cept for the metal rings within this piece are de­rived from the con­tem­po­rary Abo­rig­i­nal art­work of Bonni In­gram,” a Shire of Carnar­von spokesper­son said.

“Widely used as a Ya­maji wa­ter sym­bol, the rings rep­re­sent the river flow­ing past the plan­ta­tions and clev­erly por­tray the crop rows.

“Once es­tab­lished, tall grass will grow be­tween each ring to rep­re­sent the lush green veg­e­ta­tion of the plan­ta­tion pro­duce.”

Picture: Sab­rina Dowl­ing Gi­u­dici

One of the pieces will use metal rings to rep­re­sent the river flow­ing past the plan­ta­tions.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.