Public artwork Empty Coolamon by Robyne Latham speaks to stolen generations

Article%20Lead%20-%20wide996461842gh9mlnimage_related_articleLeadwide_729x410_gh9mvm_png1432608005711_jpg-620x349Indigenous artist Robyne Latham’s Empty Coolamon: The empty carrying vessel is a symbol of loss. Photo: Simon O’Dwyer.

A new red pathway glows in Preston, bright amid the faded facades of ageing shops. You could call it a re-birth. A small, tranquil garden has been landscaped in front of the town hall to host a new work of art.

Robyne Latham’s bronze sculpture sits on a patch of freshly-laid red stones in readiness for Sorry Day, part of Reconciliation Week. She asked the council to re-do the garden as a “frame” for her art work, and she’s full of praise for their support of Darebin’s Aboriginal community.

“Darebin council has absolutely done the right thing and consulted with Aboriginal people since 2008 to get this dedication to the stolen generations.”


Robyne Latham’s sculpture stands in front of the Darebin City Council in Preston: Photo: Simon O’Dwyer

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  1. It is so good to see one of Robyne’s Empty Coolamons permanently installed in a community setting. What happens to the whole installation at the Melbourne Museum? I’d love to see that become permanent too. It’s a space to revisit.

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