Silo murals show off State wildlife
The transformation of Newdegate’s silos into a work of art is complete.
Native WA wildlife has taken centre stage in the latest PUBLIC Silo Trail mural painted by Perth artist Brenton See.
The region’s western bearded lizard, mallee fowl, thigh spotted tree frog and red-tailed phascogale adorn four towering murals — painted over 13 days this month.
FORM executive director Lynda Dorrington said Newdegate featured an emblematic depiction of the region through its native animals.
“One mural features a local resident, the western bearded dragon (Pomona minor minor), namesake of the nearby Dragon Rocks Nature Reserve, home to many species of plant and mammals,” she said.
“Another local, a Wheatbelt marsupial, features in the next mural. The red-tailed phascogale (Phascogale calura) is only 10cm long, yet can jump an incredible 20 times its own length,” she said.
“On the neighbouring panel, Brenton has painted the profile of a mallee fowl (Leipoa ocellata), the bird symbol of the Wheatbelt and a regular of the Newdegate area. Behind the fowl is a salmon gum (Eucalyptus salmonophloia).”
“My passion from birds came from travelling between Perth and Busselton when I was younger and going from the city to the bush landscape and being around the birds,” See said.
“I think my oldest memory is sitting in my grandma's large budgerigar aviary whenever we visited.”
Brenton See in front of his artwork.
The Newdegate silos.
The work in progress.
The blank canvas.