Karen Carr to give Kimba icon a 'spruce up'

MAKEOVER: Kimba's 'big' thing, the big galah, is set to get a facelift beginning in August. Photo: file.
MAKEOVER: Kimba's 'big' thing, the big galah, is set to get a facelift beginning in August. Photo: file.

One of Kimba's best-known icons is set to receive a makeover by local artist Karen Carr.

The Big Galah, built by the Venning family and erected in 1993, will undergo a refresh after receiving grant funds through the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility community benefit fund.

Artist Karen Carr said scaffolding will be going up at the end of this week, with a professional local painter to prime the eight metre tall structure for his new look.

"She'll look a bit albino for a while," she said.

She said the family that owns the galah and the Halfway Across Australia business with it have agreed to let her have some creative licence, and said she had "floated the idea" about painting him with them "quite a few years back".

"I am teaming up with Jill Pantiyasa from Quirky Owl, and we hope to start the second week of August," Ms Carr said.

"We hope the scaffolding won't be up for more than five weeks."

Ms Carr said the new lick of paint was part one of three, to be followed with mosaics at the base of the big galah, to be made during community workshops next year, and also a digital element to the final product.

"She's a bit of an icon, it's like a life goal for me," said Ms Carr about the project.

"She really does deserve a bit of a spruce up too.

"The fresh new make over will keep the big Galah up there with the best of Australia's 'big' things."

Ms Carr said she hoped locals and visitors would welcome the change.