Public artwork a homage to rich history
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.”
One of the pieces will use metal rings to represent the river flowing past the plantations.