Douglas rainforest sculpture to be unveiled in Mossman

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The indigenous sculpture being prepared in Mossman. Each pole represents bama from different generations coming together to share food and teach the new generations how to gather and harvest bush foods. IMAGE: Supplied.

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AN indigenous sculpture will be unveiled in Mossman next week that aims to educate young generations about harvesting bush foods in rainforests.

Janbal Gallery artist Brian ‘Binna’ Swindley is the creative mind behind the artwork dubbed ‘Dreaming Of The Oldest Rainforest Bush Foods’, which features 12 poles wrapped in vinyl designs taken from his paintings of bush tukka. 

“This is about telling our very important Indigenous stories,” she said,” said Douglas Shire Council Mayor Julia Leu .

“It is truly special that we can celebrate our rich Indigenous culture through public art, educate people and reinvigorate the region.”


“This Council is committed to empowering local artists and driving a public art injection across the Shire.”

The artwork will be unveiled on Monday 16 July, the first day of the Douglas Shire’s NAIDOC Week celebrations.


The sculpture is a collaboration between Council, Queensland Government and Janbal Gallery using funds from the Regional Arts Development Fund.

Eight local arts projects in the Douglas Shire have been received more than $37,000 in funding through the fund this year.
These grant recipients will be recognised before the next Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 24.

“I am absolutely delighted by the exciting array of art projects that range from professional development projects to heritage preservation,” Mayor Leu said.


“The high quality and unique diversity of our local arts community is a constant source of amazement that I am very proud of.” 

 

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