Mu­rals turn eye­sores to eye­catch­ers

Fremantle Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

COLOUR­FUL mu­rals have proved to be a cre­ative way to solve a graf­fiti prob­lem on sev­eral telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions huts near the Kwinana Free­way in South Perth.

South Met­ro­pol­i­tan Tafe Gain­ing Ac­cess to Train­ing and Ed­u­ca­tion and Gen­eral Ed­u­ca­tion for Adults stu­dents have cel­e­brated the of­fi­cial un­veil­ing of their mu­rals, which have trans­formed the vandalised telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion huts along the Kwinana Free­way into works of art.

More than 80 stu­dents from the Fre­man­tle cam­pus have been in­volved with the project, through all stages in­clud­ing the de­sign phase to paint­ing the art­work and cre­at­ing de­sign and sten­cils.

Lec­turer Emma Mar­getts said she was ap­proached by the WA Po­lice Graf­fiti Team about three years ago with the idea of in­volv­ing dis­en­gaged young peo­ple in the project.

“The huts had be­come a hot spot for graf­fiti be­cause of their high pro­file lo­ca­tion,” she said.

“At first I had the idea of paint­ing at the site but it raised some tricky is­sues in re­gards to oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety, so we started by paint­ing the art­work on boards.”

Ms Mar­getts said some of themes shown in the mu­rals re­flected the huts’ lo­ca­tion in a nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and she hoped they were mys­te­ri­ous and in­trigu­ing for the pub­lic.

“It was great to en­cour­age the stu­dents to col­lab­o­rate with the po­lice in safe en­vi­ron­ment and the project has ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions,” she said.

Jan­nita Hunter, Mad­die Hin­kle, South Met­ro­pol­i­tan Tafe lec­turer and prin­ci­pal artist Emma Mar­getts and Caitlin Robin­son-Bethell in front of one of the mu­rals.

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