Artwork acknowledging Stolen Generations unveiled at Point Walter Reserve

City of Melville community development officer Leanne Woods, Hamilton Hill artist Sharyn Egan, Northam artist Nic Compton and City community development officer Shahna Rind check out the artwork.
City of Melville community development officer Leanne Woods, Hamilton Hill artist Sharyn Egan, Northam artist Nic Compton and City community development officer Shahna Rind check out the artwork.

AN artwork acknowledging the Stolen Generations was unveiled at Point Walter Reserve in Bicton today.

City of Melville presented the sculpture to the public as part of National Reconciliation Week.

The artwork was designed by Hamilton Hill artist Sharyn Egan and Northam artist Nic Compton with help from the community.

City of Melville community development officer Shahna Rind said the original idea was to create a memorial but the council wanted to create something that reflected the present.

“I hope it’s a place people come to heal and reflect and acknowledge the impact of the Stolen Generations on today,” she said.

Hamilton artist Sharyn Egan and Northam artist Nic Compton sit on the artwork they created with help from the community.

The artwork was made from jarrah wood and includes a boomerang-shaped seat, which is intended to give community members a space to sit and reflect on the Stolen Generations, as well as appreciate and respect the resilience of the Aboriginal people.

Mr Compton said the log was found on a friend’s farm and it took more than six months to carve and finish the sculpture.

“I hope it’s appreciated and understood by the community,” he said.

Mayor Russell Aubrey said the City engaged with the local Aboriginal community on the location, form and design of the artwork, which was an action of the City’s 2017-21 Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan.

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