AN Indigenous artwork will be the centrepiece of the redeveloped Mentone Life Saving Club building.
Artists Aunty Kim Wandin and Amanda Wright have been tasked with creating the artwork. Curator Christine Joy and public art specialist James Voller will also collaborate on the piece.
Aunty Kim Wandin is a Wurundjeri Woirurrung woman who makes baskets and eel traps. Her work has been publicly exhibited and acquired by private and state collections. Palawa artist Amanda Wright has been involved in arts projects in the Yarra Ranges, and has worked on many Indigenous murals at schools.
Kingston mayor Steve Staikos said that the artwork, which will feature a rakali, would be a “stand-out piece and a focal point of attraction along Kingston’s Bay Trail.”
“It’s extremely exciting that we are able to see this coming to fruition as part of such an important and worthwhile project,” he said.
The Mentone Life Saving Club redevelopment is funded by Kingston Council, state and federal governments, and the club itself. The project is due for completion sometime this year.