Brian Robinson’s latest public artwork, Aura of the Campfire, commissioned for the Kmart development in Port Macquarie, continues the artist’s interest in exploring the traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spirituality, history, and cultural life that has sustained his ancestors for many centuries.
We worked closely with Kmart Port Macquarie and Robinson to commission the work. A major entry statement to the Kmart shopping centre, Aura of the Campfire acts as a signature landmark for vehicular traffic, pedestrians, and cyclists.
Designed as three elongated upright forms, the sculptures reference the important symbol of fire within Aboriginal culture, and are clustered together in a circle to denote a meeting place or campsite. The three flame forms also reflect the Birpai creation story of the Three Brothers Mountains.
Aura of the Campfire has a striking presence in both the day and night, and has been warmly received by both the local Traditional Owners and the general community alike. This high-quality commission was celebrated with a local Aboriginal dance and smoking ceremony to highlight the importance of both the work and its recognition of country. Robinson hopes that the presence of the work and its symbolic significance convey the strength and importance of the local Birpai Aboriginal Nation and culture.