With the Lismore Base Hospital Redevelopment Project reaching its final stages, it’s about time to decide what is going on the walls, and what better than a themed piece by a local artist.
Well-known Widjabal artist Oral Roberts was commissioned by Lismore Base Hospital Senior Anaesthetist Dr David Scott and the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, where Dr Scott recently finished his tenure as president.
The artwork, which is set to hang in the new North Block theatre complex that is opening in 2020, fittingly depicts a sleepy koala in a local landscape.
Dr Scott said this was Oral’s interpretation of care provided by local Anaesthetists.
“I’m a big fan of Oral’s artworks, and this one in particular is brilliant,” he said.
“If you look at it in person it looks almost three-dimensional. I think Oral has done a fantastic job representing the work we do in the region.
“After showing this piece off in the hospital today it seems like there is already competition about where to hang it!”
Oral grew up on the NSW North Coast and now lives in Ocean Shores. His works reflects his close connection to the Bundjalung land and culture. His paintings are known for their strong connection to spirit and to the native animals he paints.