Birds of a feather flock to view art­work

Broome Advertiser - - NEWS - Jakeb Wad­dell

Broome’s busy bird­watch­ers will be treated to some colour­ful and unique views thanks to a lo­cal artist’s stun­ning piece of work.

Martha Lee added a vi­brant touch to the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion’s bird­watch­ing fa­cil­ity at the Broome South Waste­water Treat­ment Plant, turn­ing a drab in­take tower into a mas­ter­ful de­pic­tion of “barn­dal­marda”, mean­ing na­tive birds.

The art­work was com­pleted as part of the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion’s Splash of Colour pro­gram, which has seen 34 struc­tures across the State trans­formed into com­mu­nity pieces, with the aim of cel­e­brat­ing wa­ter and the role it plays in WA’s fu­ture.

Ms Lee, a Yawuru woman, said the paint­ing hon­oured the an­i­mal life in the area. “It’s great to see such a wide va­ri­ety of birds here and to have a chance to share this art with the many bird­watch­ers who study them,” she said.

As­pir­ing artist Kirra Wat­son, a par­tic­i­pant in Nyamba Buru Yawuru’s tran­si­tion to work pro­gram, helped Ms Lee with the piece and said she en­joyed hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to work with a pro­fes­sional.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence to see what is in­volved in a com­mu­nity art project of this size and I re­ally en­joyed work­ing with some­one as skilled as Martha,” she said.

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion North West re­gional man­ager Rino Tro­lio said the re­vamped tower was a won­der­ful ad­di­tion to the pop­u­lar com­mu­nity spot.

“The pre­vi­ously dull in­take tower has been trans­formed into a colour­ful cel­e­bra­tion of the in­cred­i­bly di­verse birds that use our treat­ment plant as an ar­ti­fi­cial habi­tat,” he said.

“The hun­dreds of lo­cals and tourists who visit our bird­watch­ing fa­cil­ity will now also be able to en­joy this beau­ti­ful art­work.”

Artist Martha Lee and Kirra Wat­son in front of the art­work.

The trans­formed in­take tower at the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion’s bird­watch­ing fa­cil­ity at the Broome South Waste­water Treat­ment Plant.

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