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Prized piece of history

Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

Ben Miller with Kevin White at White’s Mineral Art and Mining Museum yesterday. PICTURE: Callum Marshall Ben Miller with Kevin White at White’s Mineral Art and Mining Museum yesterday. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

Kevin ‘Bushy’ White handed over one of his mineral artworks to 10-year-old Ben Miller at his gallery yesterday after Ben won a Heritage Festival art competition.

The competition required entrants to guess the correct landmark featured in the only unnamed artwork out of 55 that was displayed in the Trades Hall during the Heritage Festival.

The untitled work, depicting the original BHP office, was done by Mr White.

“Out of the 40-odd entries, the first one I picked out that was correct was Ben’s,” said Bushy.

“I did pick out three before Ben’s but they didn’t have the correct name of the site, which was the Broken Hill Office Site.

“We’ve now given him an artwork that I’ve made in the gallery, which doesn’t use any dyed colours - it’s all Broken Hill minerals.”

The winning artwork of a kelpie rounding up sheep represented a key part of Broken Hill’s history, said Bushy.

“To me it represents Broken Hill’s history because of the sheep properties around here and the fact that kelpies were used to round them up,” he said.

“I hope he enjoys putting it up on his wall because there’s a lifetime of history in those minerals.”

Ben said he liked how different Bushy’s artworks were and said he came across the art competition while observing the Trades Hall artworks with his family.

“I just walked around and saw this competition so I thought, ‘I’ll enter it. It’s a chance to win an artwork.’

“I like Bushy’s artworks because they’re made by the minerals. They’re not painted or drawn, they’re very different.”

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