Bel­mont mem­o­ries recorded on leaves

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FIT FOR BUSINESS -

BEL­MONT’S per­sonal tales are set to be a key feature of the area’s new train sta­tion.

An in­stal­la­tion called Leaf Sto­ries will tell the sto­ries of lo­cals on 12 ‘leaves’ scat­tered through­out the sta­tion.

Each leaf will be en­graved with text taken from the Bel­mont Mu­seum and spe­cial mem­o­ries from the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Cu­ra­tor Mag­gie Bax­ter is be­hind the project and has been co-or­di­nat­ing pub­lic art around WA since the early 1990s.

“I kind of like those big ex­cit­ing projects. You do feel like you’ve made a dif­fer­ence to the city,” Ms Bax­ter said.

Ms Bax­ter said when the three short­listed artists for the Bel­mont sta­tion project sub­mit­ted their pro­pos­als, all of them in­cor­po­rated some­thing about the lo­cal com­mu­nity in com­pletely dif­fer­ent ways.

The artists se­lected for the project were Mark Gatogi and Steve Tep­per.

“They pro­posed look­ing at two el­e­ments – a sus­pended work with branches and leaves, which is talk­ing about the early agri­cul­tural as­pect of the area’s his­tory, and growth. Then work­ing from the idea of leaves, they’ll be hav­ing up to 12 story leaves po­si­tioned in the sta­tion, which will con­tain snip­pets of per­sonal lo­cal his­tory,” Ms Bax­ter said.

Ms Bax­ter en­cour­aged lo­cals to sub­mit their per­sonal mem­o­ries, fo­cus­ing on short d470565 sto­ries that evoke spe­cific feel­ings rather than list­ing dates.

“The area is un­der­go­ing so much change and it’s im­por­tant we record in some way what was be­fore that was so im­por­tant to peo­ple in the area,” she said.

“A lot of peo­ple have stayed there for a very long time.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Leaf Sto­ries cu­ra­tor Mag­gie Bax­ter.

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