Client: City of Cockburn
When: April 2023
Brief: The commission was by EOI process and the brief was to paint an 250m long noise wall on Spearwood Ave. The wall was originally painted a drab green colour that the residents hated and the wall would mainly be seen by viewers driving in cars at 70km/h. A simple, bright and fun design was called for.
Outcome: As part of my process, I held a one hour community consultation workshop and received many great ideas from local participants about what makes the suburb special.
One of the main points was that the wall would mainly be seen from cars, rather than pedestrians, so detail was restricted to large, semi-abstract shapes representing local flora and fauna.
The artwork is created in three parts and represents the suburbs ecosystems as they transition from inland market gardens, to wetlands and then to the sea. It begins on the left with market gardens, represented by flowers and onions, and moves into the wetlands. The wetlands features plants such as banksia, bulrushes, gum trees and tuart flowers. The third section moves into the coastal zone, featuring pigface, Geraldton wax flowers, dune moses, cushion bush and seaweed.
The mural was painted by myself and my team of assistants and took nine days to paint.