Mural adds pop of art, life to city

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
London-based aerosol artist Jerome Davenport has turned a dull CBD wall into a work of art.
Camera IconLondon-based aerosol artist Jerome Davenport has turned a dull CBD wall into a work of art. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

A blank wall on Victoria Street has been transformed from a bland grey area into an eye-catching work of art as part of this year’s Bunbury Fringe Festival.

London-based aerosol artist Jerome Davenport was the man responsible for the makeover of the north and east-facing walls of the Nextra newsagency behind the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

He said the project had taken took about a week to do.

“The concept behind it has to do with the port and the old timber industry,” he said.

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“It’s all been done with spray paint and a weed sprayer and rollers, so we mixed it up a bit, but the majority is spray paint.”

The mural is the result of a collaboration between the Six Two Three Zero Collective and organisers of the Bunbury Fringe Festival, who wanted to increase the diversity of the festival and artwork throughout the city.

Bunbury Fringe artistic director Jo O’Dea said she was thrilled with the end result and loved the historic theme.

“I work regularly with Andrew Frazer from Six Two Three Zero and he had a landlord who was keen to have the mural done,” she said.

“Between the two of us we thought if we could raise enough funds we could put it into the Fringe program, so that’s what we did!”

“It’s a real reflection of part of Bunbury’s history with a very strong theme around the region’s timber industry, so that’s where I think this mural is different from a lot of the other artworks in the city.”

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