The colourful Rainbow Serpent Water Feature has now been installed at the Gunnedah Civic, realising a long-term dream. The large-scale serpent adorned with glass mosaics, brass and coloured glass and oxidised concrete has now been permanently installed as a lasting tribute to the determination of Gunnedah’s female Kamilaroi artists. These artists include Shirley Long, Janet Wanless, Delma Jones (d.) , Ellen Draper (d.), Gloria Foley, June Cox, Alison Cox, Rita Long and Cindy Foley. Council's cultural precinct team leader Lauren Mackley said it had taken almost 20 years to see this important story come to life. “The Rainbow Serpent Water Feature has had its own story – a story of determination and expression of the Kamilaroi women’s culture,” she said.
“The artwork is a beautiful addition to the Gunnedah landscape but these women have created a safeguard against the loss of irreplaceable cultural knowledge for the whole community to share and appreciate. “Its creation has drawn on the culture, traditions, families, history and experiences of these women. Those stories are preserved in the 29 circular mosaics that are the feature of this public art piece." Ms Mackley said it's amazing to see the Rainbow Serpent Water Feature come to life.
The sculptural part has now been installed and final works are expected to be completed over the month. An official opening will be held once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.