Aboriginal totem sculpture a welcome addition to McLean Care Kolora

January 28, 2020 2:21 am

New artwork by Guyra aboriginal artist Brian Irving recently installed at McLean Care Kolora pays homage to past aboriginal elders and the Guyra community.

Brian Irving’s totem pole sculpture was officially dedicated by Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray and former Guyra Shire Councillor and 2018 Guyra Citizen of the Year Dot Vickery at a special ceremony held last week at McLean Care Kolora.

Mayor Cr Simon Murray said the totem artwork was a wonderful addition to the new residential care facility.

“The totem sculptures are a colourful welcome to the entrance of Kolora and showcases local aboriginal art and culture,” said Cr Murray.

Sue Thomson, McLean Care CEO said there are growing numbers of older Aboriginal Australians in our region as well as in our care. Having Aboriginal art design here at Kolora signifies a powerful identity, spirituality and pays respect to our ancestral creators.

“Brian is a local artist who grew-up in Guyra and has many wonderful memories of the people, families and shop-keepers that have shaped the Guyra community.”