Art trail

Mu­rals to light up the town

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Sjanna San­dalova

The streets of Katan­ning will light up with colour next month as sev­eral prom­i­nent WA artists stop through as part of FORM’s PUB­LIC Silo trail.

From Novem­ber 2 to 7, street artists Bren­ton See, Chris Nixon, Dar­ren Hutchens and Mel McVee will paint the town with mu­rals, light­ing up a se­ries of Western Power elec­tri­cal trans­former boxes and walls.

The artists will team up with in­ter­na­tional light cal­lig­ra­pher Karim Jab­bari, who will be fa­cil­i­tat­ing en­gage­ment work­shops aimed at con­nect­ing youth with cre­ativ­ity for so­cial good.

PUB­LIC in Katan­ning is a part­ner­ship be­tween FORM and Western Power de­signed to en­hance cul­tural tourism in re­gional WA and give back to the towns in which the com­pany op­er­ates, en­cour­ag­ing eco­nomic growth.

FORM ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lynda Dor­ring­ton said the Katan­ning project was an evo­lu­tion of FORM’s PUB­LIC pro­gram of art and ac­ti­va­tion.

“The PUB­LIC Silo Trail brings world-class street art to grain si­los, trans­former boxes and iconic in­fra­struc­ture across re­gional Western Aus­tralia,” Ms Dor­ring­ton said.

The trail will also col­lect sto­ries about the lives of peo­ple be­hind the State’s agri­cul­ture, rail and elec­tri­cal network in the towns it passes through for a so­cial doc­u­men­tary project called Home­grown Sto­ries. Street artist Chris Nixon said the sole pur­pose of PUB­LIC was to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether through art.

“It starts a con­ver­sa­tion about pub­lic art, which is a re­ally good thing and it of­fers dif­fer­ent styles and per­spec­tives of the one lo­ca­tion,” he said

“What FORM is do­ing by hav­ing these re­gional out­lets of PUB­LIC is to have a greater reach long term by tak­ing it out­side the main city.”

Nixon also said this type of art had the most im­pact in re­gional towns.

“I think the re­gional towns are more hungry to see this type of art, and I am cur­rently work­ing on my con­cept for the mu­ral in Katan­ning,” he said.

FORM and Western Power are very grate­ful to also have the gen­er­ous sup­port and as­sis­tance of the Shire of Katan­ning.

Pic­ture: JP Horre

Bren­ton See will join oth­ers in light­ing up a se­ries of Western Power elec­tri­cal trans­former boxes and walls.

Pic­tures: Bew­ley Shay­lor

Mel McVee will visit Katan­ning next month.

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