Stu­dents give skate park a fresh look

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

St Matthew’s and Nar­ro­gin Pri­mary School stu­dents laid the fin­ish­ing touches on the new paint de­sign of Gnaro­jin Park’s skate park last week.

Fre­man­tle-based artist Chris Nixon said the theme for the new de­sign was “fire and wa­ter”, in­spired by a com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion held in April.

“A cou­ple of lo­cals and a cou­ple of kids came up with this con­cept of fire and wa­ter re­ally shap­ing the land­scape around here,” he said.

“That res­onated with me, I thought that’s a re­ally in­ter­est­ing idea, I get a lot of in­spi­ra­tion from nat­u­ral forces.”

Mr Nixon had the St Matthew’s and Nar­ro­gin stu­dents spell out “Gnaro­jin” on the back of the skate park’s bowl and ap­ply the fin­ish­ing touches on an­other wall.

“I think for any of th­ese types of projects it’s im­por­tant, par­tic­u­larly since I’m not from here, to get that lo­cal en­gage­ment,” he said.

“I think it just pro­motes a bet­ter con­nec­tion with the site, and they’re go­ing to be the users of this space.

“They’re go­ing to have the con­nec­tion, they’re go­ing to have the re­spect and go­ing to look after it and en­joy.”

Main Roads WA con­trib­uted $20,000 to the pro­ject and the Shire con­trib­uted $10,000.

Pic­tures: Michael Traill

Artists An­drew Frazer and Chris Nixon.

Nar­ro­gin and St Matthew’s stu­dents work to­gether on the site.

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