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Wii consoles as art

Four of Australia's most highly regarded indigenous artists have created unique works of art on Wii consoles. They will be auctioned on eBay with the proceeds to benefit an indigenous education program.

Here's a way you can get a fab-looking Wii console and make a charitable contribution to boot! OK, the downside is that they're not playable, but…

My Mother's Country by Barbara Weir is one of eight specially designed consoles up for auction on eBay. (Credit: Nintendo)

In benefit of the indigenous education program and charity Shalom Gamarada, Nintendo has commissioned four of Australia's most renowned indigenous artists to paint artworks on the sides of Wii consoles. Gloria Petyarre, Barbara Weir, Emily Pwerle and her sister Gayla Pwerle have each designed two consoles, and the eight one-of-a-kind designs will be auctioned on eBay.

Given the value and collectability of the artists' work, it is hoped that more than a hundred thousand dollars will be raised. All proceeds will be donated to the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Program, which encourages indigenous students to complete their university education by providing financial support.

The special consoles come in acrylic display cases to ensure the preservation of the artwork; however, winning bidders who actually want to game will be given a separate and playable Wii.

The auction web address is It will be open for bids between 25 February to 6 March.

To see the unique consoles first-hand stop by:

Kaleidoscope Gallery — 84 William Street, Paddington, NSW (18-23 February)

The Nintendo Connection — Myer Sydney City, Level 6, 436 George St, NSW (25 February - 6 March)

The Nintendo Experience Storey — EB Games, Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC (25 February - 6 March)