New artwork to pay tribute to Stolen Generations

March 6, 2018 by  

A major artwork dedicated to the Stolen Generations is to be undertaken by Reko Rennie.

Internationally renowned artist Rennie was selected by Yarra City Council for the commission as part of a joint project with local Torres Strait and Aboriginal communities.

Mayor Daniel Nguyen said the project has been in the workings for two years and he is delighted that such a high calibre artist as Rennie has been secured to see it become a reality. He explains:

“The artwork will acknowledge the deep pain and sadness experienced by the Stolen Generations and their families, as well as acknowledge the resilience and strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.”

A graphic design of the intended structure reveals a collection of bronze spears together with a coolamon (a traditional bark vessel in which babies were carried).

The feature, which is expected to become a popular attraction on local tourism brochure printing, will also include landscaping, lighting and seating and be located in Fitzroy, making it easily accessible to residents from neighbouring Clifton Hill and throughout the City of Yarra.

In a recent statement, Rennie said the seating and spears will form a ceremonial ring to create a circle of remembrance and gathering within the park.

Cr. Nguyen said the artwork will represent a beautiful celebration and tribute of Aboriginal culture and strength.