Little Bobby near river

Little Bobby near river

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Officially unveiled: Michael Ward, Northam Shire councillors Denis Beresford, Des Hughes, Kathy Saunders and artist Tom De Munk Kerkmeer, front, with Little Bobby last Wednesday morning

Officially unveiled: Michael Ward, Northam Shire councillors Denis Beresford, Des Hughes, Kathy Saunders and artist Tom De Munk Kerkmeer, front, with Little Bobby last Wednesday morning

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Public artwork installed.

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LITTLE Bobby, a public artwork sculpted by local artist Tom De Munk Kerkmeer, was installed last Wednesday morning.

It is underneath the swinging bridge, close to the Avon River on Broome Terrace.

“I wanted the piece in its natural habitat,” Kerkmeer said.

“I am very happy with this creation to be honest.”

Carved out of river gum, Little Bobby weighs between 350-400 kilograms and has been concreted into the ground.

Kerkmeer described his creative decisions in making the piece, opting for a closed mouth for a friendly vibe.

Slits were also made in the wood at certain locations for improved water run-off.

“It took between three to four weeks to complete,” Kerkmeer said.

Work on the project was undertaken at Avon Fibretech.

Little Bobby has been donated by the Avon Valley Environmental Society.

Engraved on the front of the sculpture is ‘Nyit Yoorn’, which translates into little bobtail.

The project had been approved by the Maali Circle of Elders.

Representing the Maali Circle of Elders last Wednesday was Michael Ward.

Ward praised the creativity of the design.

“And what a great place for it to sit,” he said.

There is a possibility further sculptures could be placed along the Avon River.

The story Little Bobby near river first appeared on The Avon Valley Advocate.

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