Dyno Nobel paints mobile units with Indigenous art

Yinjabarndi Artist, Donna Willis and Sandy the MPU. Image: Dyno Nobel

Dyno Nobel has commissioned an Indigenous Yindjibarndi artist to create an art piece for a mobile processing unit (MPU).

The piece was created by Donna Willis and called Grandfather’s Country, adorning not just one panel of the truck, but wraps the entire vehicle in blues, blacks and earthy hues.  

Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific president Greg Hayne believed the MPU to be ideal for the art.  

“As one of the most visible and valuable parts of our customer offering, our MPUs provide the perfect canvas to celebrate the rich history and culture of the Yindjibarndi people,” Hayne said.  

“Donna’s striking painting takes inspiration from the inland Pilbara landscape in Western Australia where she grew up and we’re honoured the land of her Grandfather is on full display across our MPU. 

Named after Donna’s grandfather, Sandy the MPU is a symbol of our commitment to diversity and inclusion and supporting improved outcomes for Indigenous Australians.”  

The completed project was showcased last month when the MPU debuted at a site in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.  

Willis, whose first language is Yindjibarndi, shared her explanation of the piece. The following is a translated quote:

“Our grandfather was born in this country we call Cangiangi. That’s where my Grandfather was a dog hunter for Dingoes; that was his job. Back in the days he travelled everywhere in our country; Yindjibarndi country. He knew every camp site and water hole,” she said.  

Yindjibarndi country stretches from near the town of Roebourne – 200 kilometres west of Port Hedland  down to the Fortescue river.  

Donna Willis with Dyno Nobel’s Area General Manager – Operations West, Mark Fawcett sitting in the cab of Sandy the MPU.

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