Land Cruiser artwork wins award

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  1. Landpimp

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    This is neat :)

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/national...s/2005/08/12/1123353507268.html?oneclick=true

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    The judges said they had never seen anything like it.

    A four-wheel-drive woven from desert country grass has won this year's Telstra Indigenous Art Award, the richest award in indigenous art.

    Twenty women weavers from Blackstone, in far north Western Australia, near the Northern Territory border, will share the $40,000 prize, which was to be presented in Darwin last night.

    "I was looking for something that had the wow factor," said one of the award's two judges, Destiny Deacon, an artist from Melbourne. "You can smell it.

    "It's traditional weaving. It shows what is the reality for indigenous people today."

    The other judge, Doug Hall, the director of the Queensland Art Gallery, said the entry, called Tjanpi Grass Toyota was deliberately quirky.

    "You look at people when they walk towards the work. They smile," Mr Hall said. "That's a really nice reaction to have for contemporary indigenous art."

    The work celebrated the Toyota LandCruiser. "Modern living for Aboriginal people in the bush doesn't exist without the four-wheel-drive vehicle," Mr Hall said. "So you have these nice interconnections about the way Aboriginal people live and their culture with this one particular work of art."
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    One of the weavers, Kantjupayi Benson, a respected senior law woman in her 70s, spoke shyly through an interpreter at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

    "We make many different things with needles and string animals and things like that," she said. "We made a a big boat but it broke so we made the Toyota."

    Ms Benson said she did not know how she would spend her share of the prize.

    The women took 3½ weeks to make the Toyota, working in a sweltering hot community hall. Telstra will exhibit it around Australia.

    "I don't know how they are going to transport it. But that's somebody else's problem, not the judges'," Mr Hall said.

    Evelyn Pultara, of Utopia, in the Northern Territory, won the general painting award; Banduk Marika, of Yirrkala, won the bark painting section; Gayle Maddigan, of Mandurang, Victoria, won the works on paper award for her work Remembered Ritual.

    The Wandjuk Marika Three-Dimensional Memorial Award was won by the Yirrkala artist Naminapu Maymuru-White for her work Milngiyawuy.
     
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    That's pretty neat, and a lot of work!
     
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    Is it SWB or LWB?
     
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    guessing something like a 40DD ;)

     
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