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Mural finally gets finishing touches

Tuesday, 5th November, 2013

Mural artist Tom Sloane at the official opening at Robinson College with granddaughter Maylarnie-Jade (4). Mural artist Tom Sloane at the official opening at Robinson College with granddaughter Maylarnie-Jade (4).

By Erica Visser

Last year local man Edward Wighton started an Aboriginal wall mural at Robinson College but he never got to finish it.

Mr Wighton, who had worked on other projects for the College in the past, passed away from an ongoing illness while he was mid-way through the artwork.

Luckily for the college, youth networker Tom Sloane stepped up to complete the work of Mr Wighton whom he knew.

Robinson College Manager Ann Rogers said the result was “marvellous” at the official unveiling of the mural yesterday.

Around 30 people, including Mr Sloane and his family were there and the mural features a plaque commemorating both he and Mr Wighton.

While the different sides of the wall, in the College’s foyer, are marked by the two styles of the artists, the overall appearance symbolised the staff and students, Ms Rogers said.

The wall is accompanied by a description of the symbolism used, such as the image of a kangaroo which Mr Sloane said stood for “the way our mob may be destructive to himself, but also likes to listen.”

“The emu represents our people and that we are proud people who hold our heads up high,” he said.

“The variety of colours mean that we are a multicultural people.

“There’s a variety of our people who come from all over the place to the college to learn what might benefit them in the future.”

Mr Sloane said that he was thrilled that the mural was finally opened, three months after its completion.

“It was a privilege to come out here and work with the youth and it especially fits with my role as a youth networker within the community,” he said.

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