Community art splashes colour across Barolin Nature Reserve

16 Mar 2017

A community art project has been unveiled within the confines of the 300 hectares that form the magnificent Barolin Nature Reserve.

The art project has a distinct connection with the reserve through the name “barolin” which is indigenous for “land of the kangaroo”.

Community Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Judy Peters said Council is immensely proud of the development of the Barolin Nature Reserve and the decision to include community art within its boundaries was viewed as providing another component to the diversity of the reserve.

“The community art project comprises steel laser cut kangaroo silhouettes which were provided to three local community groups selected to participate in the project

“The three groups, Oakwood State School, Gidarjill Development Corporation and Bridges for Mental Health have each developed individual designs and painted the kangaroo sculptures.

“Consultation took place with local Landcare and Wildlife Protection groups associated with the reserve regarding the scope of the project and the final placement of the completed art.

Cr Peters said the finished size of the three kangaroo representations ranged from life size to twice life size.

“The art work, in addition to providing another avenue of interest for visitors to the reserve, engaged community groups in participating in a project that could result in wider ramifications across the Bundaberg Region.

“This very well could be the start of a symbolic roll out of kangaroo designs in other parks and reserves and provide a theme for visitors to engage with as they journey through the Bundaberg Region.”

“The use of laser cut steel silhouettes should prove very cost effective as they lend themselves to be easily repainted or replaced should the need arise,” said Cr Peters.

“Indigenous artist Peter Robinson, on behalf of Gidarjill Development Corporation, has produced a magnificent representation of a black kangaroo he has named “Yumming”.

“Peter explains the importance of the kangaroo to indigenous culture and the colourful design as well as the pose of the kangaroo which he describes as “shy but proud and relaxed”.

“The three pieces of community art are a welcome addition to the Barolin Nature Reserve and will find relevance among the magnificent flora and fauna that exists within this significant natural area.”



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