Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Minister for Water; Fisheries; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science

    Local Aboriginal artist and students make a stunning Splash in Lynwood

    9/08/2019 10:05 AM
     
    • ​Everyday wastewater electrical cabinets in Lynwood given vibrant makeover through Water Corporation's Splash of Colour program
    • Students worked with local Aboriginal artist to design a mural reflective of the local community and its connection to water

    A cluster of dull Water Corporation electrical cabinets near Bannister Creek Primary School in Lynwood have received a colourful makeover thanks to a local Aboriginal artist, students and Water Corporation's Splash of Colour community arts program.  

     

    The State Government, through Water Corporation, is transforming everyday water and wastewater pump stations and electrical cabinets into vibrant pieces of community art through its Splash of Colour program.

     

    Local Aboriginal artist Justin Martin worked with Bannister Creek Primary School Year 4 and 5 students to devise an artistic concept for the community artwork, located in Purley Park.

     

    Mr Martin treated students to dreamtime stories passed down through generations, and explained the six Noongar seasons and how they represent land and nature at different times of the year.

     

    Students then drew an array of animals known to live in or along the banks of the local Canning River, including turtles, frogs, dragon flies and egrets – many of which are depicted in the final artwork. 

     

    So far, 41 Water Corporation electrical cabinets and pump stations across the State have been transformed into meaningful artistic creations through the Splash of Colour program.

     

    Track the progress of the program on social media by following #splashofcolour

     

    Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:

     

    "I am thrilled students from Bannister Creek Primary School were able to help shape the artistic concept for this meaningful piece of community art while also learning about Aboriginal culture and the local water story from a talented home-grown Aboriginal artist.

     

    "Justin Martin has captured the essence of the traditional local water story brilliantly, gifting the community with a beautiful piece of art that truly reflects the nearby Canning River and local fauna.

     

    "The Splash of Colour program continues to enhance the liveability and vibrancy of local neighbourhoods while educating the community about the impact of climate change and importance of conserving water."

     

    Comments attributed to Cannington MLA Bill Johnston:

     

    "On behalf of the Lynwood community I thank Justin Martin for this wonderful work; it's visually beautiful and has real meaning to the area."

     

    "The new paintings bring a real vibrancy to the area, I'm particularly impressed with the integration of local fauna from the Canning River."

     

    "It's great that students from Bannister Creek Primary School have been able to contribute to this project."

     

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