Bindjareb Maar art installation for Pinjarra Town Square

Published on Friday, 28 July 2023 at 8:47:51 AM

The Shire of Murray celebrated the installation of the Bindjareb Maar artwork at the Pinjarra Town Square last week.

The celebration included a smoking ceremony, and traditional dance by the Bindjareb Middars.

The Bindjareb Maar – Maar means five – are five stunning interpretive poles containing imagery collected and created by the local community. They were created through a collaborative process involving local people and tell stories of the community’s past, present and future.

Their installation is the realisation of a vision that emerged when the Shire began its Murray Town Square and Foreshore Redevelopment project. It was identified at the time that there was a keenness to celebrate and showcase the rich culture of the local Nyungar people.

Shire President, Councillor David Bolt said is was satisfying to see this project come to fruition.

“Sharing histories and cultures through art engages and inspires. It also strengthens relationships and aids reconciliation so, for many reasons, it is a great pleasure to see the Bindjareb Maar in place,” said Councillor Bolt.

Early in the planning process an art competition was held with the Bindjareb Advisory Group and members of the community submitted artworks to be included. These works have been combined and are displayed in the metal images above each art installation.

To further enhance visual appeal, low powered LED lights and automatic sensors have been installed inside each pole. These will illuminate behind the artwork as dusk approaches.

The Town Square redevelopment was supported by Alcoa, Lotterywest and Peel Development Commission.

“Thank you to our Town Square redevelopment funding partners Alcoa, Lotterywest and Peel Development Commission for their support. And thank you and congratulations to everyone involved in the creation of these works,” added Councillor Bolt.

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