Birds of a feather flock to view artwork
Broome’s busy birdwatchers will be treated to some colourful and unique views thanks to a local artist’s stunning piece of work.
Martha Lee added a vibrant touch to the Water Corporation’s birdwatching facility at the Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant, turning a drab intake tower into a masterful depiction of “barndalmarda”, meaning native birds.
The artwork was completed as part of the Water Corporation’s Splash of Colour program, which has seen 34 structures across the State transformed into community pieces, with the aim of celebrating water and the role it plays in WA’s future.
Ms Lee, a Yawuru woman, said the painting honoured the animal life in the area. “It’s great to see such a wide variety of birds here and to have a chance to share this art with the many birdwatchers who study them,” she said.
Aspiring artist Kirra Watson, a participant in Nyamba Buru Yawuru’s transition to work program, helped Ms Lee with the piece and said she enjoyed having the opportunity to work with a professional.
“It was a great experience to see what is involved in a community art project of this size and I really enjoyed working with someone as skilled as Martha,” she said.
Water Corporation North West regional manager Rino Trolio said the revamped tower was a wonderful addition to the popular community spot.
“The previously dull intake tower has been transformed into a colourful celebration of the incredibly diverse birds that use our treatment plant as an artificial habitat,” he said.
“The hundreds of locals and tourists who visit our birdwatching facility will now also be able to enjoy this beautiful artwork.”
Artist Martha Lee and Kirra Watson in front of the artwork.
The transformed intake tower at the Water Corporation’s birdwatching facility at the Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant.