Belmont memories recorded on leaves
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.”
Leaf Stories curator Maggie Baxter.