In 2013, after seeing the Wunmun Njinde sculpture, VicRoads commissioned us to make another sculpture celebrating indigenous culture, for the Historic Swing Bridge site in Sale. This is a beautiful setting where the Thomson and Latrobe Rivers meet and is – according to legend – near where Boran made his canoe. Deborah created a design which Colin then took to the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation.
Colin worked with five Gunaikurnai Cultural Rangers through all stages of fabrication and installation, mutually sharing skills and experience over a very enjoyable two months. The sculpture is of an aboriginal bark canoe, made of corten steel, with the story of Boran and Tuk inscribed on the sides. The watery base and lettering are made of stainless steel.
This project was financed by VicRoads and supported by the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation. With assistance from Gunaikurnai Joint Management Cultural Rangers: Bradley Hood, Richard Hood, Chris Johnson, Grattan Mullett and Patrick Mullett. It commemorates the completion of the South Gippsland Highway Sale – Longford Upgrade and was unveiled by the Hon. Peter Ryan MP, Member for Gippsland South in July 2013.