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How Aboriginal Steel Art Has Made Its Mark @ Blackwoods

July 7, 2017

Barry Hoare, Blackwoods Indigenous Engagement Officer, knew at once that these stainless steel creatures would thrive in the corporate jungle.

“Wayne’s creations are beautiful, but the story behind it is even better”.

Aboriginal Steel Art (ASA) is owned and operated by Indigenous man Wayne McGinness and his wife Lucy, and brings cold stainless steel to life through dynamic sculptures of native Australian animals.

“You’ve got Wayne making the art, and his wife Lucy building a strong and diverse customer platform, with Wayne’s Mum creating the presentation boxes they come in, which are artworks in themselves,” Barry said.

With creations ranging from 5-metre long crocodiles to delicate palm sized butterflies, Wayne’s work can be found throughout corporate boardrooms, reception areas and galleries across Australia.

One of his newest custom creations decorates the reception area of Coregas, the largest Australian owned industrial, medical and specialty gas company.

Wayne realised he had something unique to offer in 2008, when he combined his skills as a steel fabricator with the love of his parent’s paintings, and he began using steel as a medium to create contemporary Aboriginal art.

The movement of the native animals of his home country in the Northern Territory, the traditional lands of the Kungarrakan Tribe, inspires the dynamic poses which bring his creations to life.

Over the years, ASA has developed a close working relationship with Blackwoods.

ASA has provided Blackwoods with employee awards, head office decorations, and, most recently, plaques commemorating the traditional custodians of the land on which Blackwoods branches are located.

“Barry Hoare has been one of our biggest supporters since he first made contact back in April 2012, when he emailed us about some gifts to reward his team members, and for presentation of something uniquely Australian for important overseas visitors ” said Wayne.

“Supplying corporate gifts, acknowledgments and awards has been an easy process with Blackwoods, and is now extending to their customers and their other business partners.”

Wayne learned how to weld from his grandfather at an early age, and has had a career spanning 17 years as a welder/fabricator on mine and building sites in both remote and urban areas.

As the business continues to thrive, future plans for ASA include a line of jewellery inspired by Indigenous totems and shapes, as well as a lifestyle range that includes garden screens and fire pits.


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     Wayne McGinness