Silo murals show off State wildlife

Great Southern Herald - - News -

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.

Pic­tures: Bew­ley Shay­lor

The Newde­gate si­los.

The work in progress.

The blank can­vas.

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