Cabinet art project brightens ‘ordinary’ features

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Water Corporation South West acting regional manager Nicky Waite shows off one of the painted pump stations in the Bunbury CBD.
Camera IconWater Corporation South West acting regional manager Nicky Waite shows off one of the painted pump stations in the Bunbury CBD. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

A community art program is brightening up ordinarily dull infrastructure scattered across the South West.

Water Corporation electrical cabinets and pump stations throughout Bunbury and Australind have been reinvigorated as part of the Splash of Colour initiative.

The program had West Australian artists and South West school students working together to transform eight pieces into vibrant pieces of public art.

South West acting regional manager Nicky Waite said the program aimed to create community identity and help “brighten people’s day”.

“We know some of our assets in highly visible areas look a bit ordinary, so we worked with the community to bring some life and colour to them,” Ms Waite said.

The program – which ran throughout November – invited high school students to be involved in the artists’ creative process through a number of school design workshops.

“The workshops allowed the artists to gain inspiration from the students as well as ensure the artwork was a true local reflection of the South West,” Ms Waite said.

The artists used different styles to create the murals ranging from character-based artwork to lettering and typography, with water and the environment the key themes.”

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