The Kimberley's strong Aboriginal heritage has proven the inspiration for two unique new public art installations in Kununurra. Commissioned by DevelopmentWA, the artworks comprise two bronze boab nut inspired castings and locally sourced and carved paperbark and ironwood timber poles are installed in the popular Coolibah Residential Estate.
The public art project was developed in collaboration with Waringarri Aboriginal Arts and the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley as cultural entry statements to the area.
The "super-sized" brass boab nuts reflect the tradition of Aboriginal boab nut carvings and present images of traditional country, bush medicine, birds and animals. There are three wood carved totems of up to 3.5m in height, with smaller carved logs designed as seating and play for children.
The combined talents of 25 artists contributed to the development of the artworks for the installation.