Koombana murals add colour, culture to kiosk

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

A splash of colour and culture has been added to the Koombana Foreshore after two artists painted murals on the kiosk’s walls.

Kye McGuire and Cassandra Jetta were chosen for the historic project which recognises the significance of the area to the Noongar people.

The paintings were completed by the artists, photographed and then made into glass panels before being placed on the outside of the building.

Ms McGuire said the inspiration for the art came from the water life which Koombana Bay was renowned for.

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“Koombana Bay is pretty much well known for the dolphins,” she said.

“I remember growing up and seeing them all the time in the inlet.

“And we added the crabbing season which comes in summer.”

The two artists spent 12 weeks working on the project and Ms McGuire said she was proud of her efforts.

“We knew it was going to be experimental,” she said.

City of Bunbury art and culture manager Julian Bowron said the works told stories of the Noongar people.

“Koombana Bay is a place of considerable significance on multiple levels, especially for Noongar people who have gathered there for thousands of years,” Mr Bowron said.

“For modern Bunbury, it is a much loved beach and playground, a place of recreation and enjoyment.

“This project proposes to combine both of these important meanings while adding vivid visual elements to the area.”

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