All hands on deck as res­i­dents help on health hub art project

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

More than 150 Onslow res­i­dents have lent a hand to a WA artist in the cre­ation of a ma­jor art in­stal­la­tion for the town’s re-de­vel­oped health­care hub.

Onslow Health Ser­vice artist-in­res­i­dence Si­mon Gilby is cre­at­ing a dig­i­tally printed mu­ral of hand­prints, which will adorn the in­side of the curved roof at the build­ing’s eastern end.

Last month, a large group of res­i­dents joined him and made their mark on the project by hav­ing their hands sten­cilled into soil and then cast in salt for the ini­tial stage of the art­work. The im­ages will be pho­tographed and de­vel­oped into a mu­ral called Im­ages of Hand Sten­cils.

The project is one of sev­eral artworks Gilby is cre­at­ing for the health ser­vice re-de­vel­op­ment un­der the State Gov­ern­ment’s Per­cent for Art Scheme.

WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice Pil­bara re­gional di­rec­tor Ron Wynn said in­clud­ing public art in the build­ing would cre­ate a more so­cially in­clu­sive and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Pic­ture: WACHS

Onslow res­i­dents’ hand­prints cast in salt for the Onslow Health Ser­vice Im­ages of Hand Sten­cils art­work.

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