Vibrant new banners will soon enliven Margaret River’s main street carrying the work of local artists Emily Jackson and Tim Kerr. A long time in the making, the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River’s Main Street Art Banner project aimed to “celebrate the uniqueness of our natural environment” with a focus on local flora and fauna. Jackson is a noted artist and graphic designer, while Kerr was also recognised for his design work as well as painting and stellar photography. Their creations feature on 28 banners hanging from 14 posts along Bussell Highway installed this week. Jackson’s banners will be displayed first, and in three months, Kerr’s work will then be brought into the rotation. Jackson said she created three separate bright designs for the banner pairs and feature the vulnerable forest red-tailed black cockatoo and hooded plover. “The pieces will bring the viewer into that moment and place, with its light, plants, animals, landscape, community and the wider natural world,” she said. “The result is joyful and appealing to all. “The bold graphic designs are effective and successful when viewed from moving vehicles and passing pedestrians, and the more subtle layers will be discovered when viewed over a longer time.” The artwork involved multiple techniques with layers of digital images. Kerr told the Times he focused on the six seasons of the Noongar calendar as a way to honour Wadandi Boodja, working in close consultation with Wadandi artist Sandra Hill. “Auntie Sandra Hill provided cultural consultation while basing my artworks on the shared knowledge of the seasons provided by traditional owner Zac Webb,” he said. “I developed six artworks with colours representative of the seasons and featuring flora and fauna illustrations relevant to the stories of those seasons.” The banners weren’t just a decorative project for Kerr, who said the imagery would educate visitors and residents about the seasons. “It was a great project as it provided the opportunity to capture the spirit of the Margaret River region and represent it through art,” he said. “It paired two of my creative passions, painting and digital graphic design, and I can’t wait to see them lining the streets during kambarang.” Shire president Paula Cristoffanini said she was pleased to see local artists featured in the project which would bring colour and a sense of place to the main street.