Artists add finishing touch
A new mural honouring the region’s Wadandi is nearing completion on Margaret River’s main street.
The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River-funded project is a collaboration between established artists Ian Mutch, Sandra Hill and Jack Bromell.
Bromell and Mutch are well known for their mural and oversized artworks, while Wadandi artist Hill has designed a section of the mural informed by her heritage.
Titled Wadandi Boodjarra, the finished project depicts Wadandi country and natural elements including the forest red-tailed black cockatoos.
It was “to create a sense of place and add to the vibrancy of our town centre,” according to Shire sustainable economy officer Saul Cresswell. Hill said her design included a strong red line that “symbolises the bloodline of family all the way back to the creation story of the Margaret River”.
The gargantuan cockatoos painted by Mutch were a different style to his popular cartoon-style images which have stunned Capes residents when photographed from the air, etched across some of the region’s most recognisable landmarks such as Smiths Beach and the old Busselton Drive-In.
“Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoos are native to the South West and provide a sense of place, belonging and cultural significance,” he said.
“They are uplifting and provide much energy to an artwork, especially in a public outdoor space.”
The Shire was also considering an extra mural to be developed in the future elsewhere on the main street.
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