ART ON A ‘MEGA’ SCALE

South Western Times - - News -

The face of Welling­ton Dam’s 12,000sq m wall is set for a colour­ful trans­for­ma­tion, with pos­si­bly the world’s big­gest “mega mu­ral” due to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber.

The re­gion’s flora and fauna, his­tory of the area and Noon­gar art­work are among the sug­gested de­signs to dec­o­rate the 367m by 34m wall.

It is part of a $1.5 mil­lion mu­ral trail pro­ject for Col­lie, with the State Gov­ern­ment call­ing on artists to sub­mit de­signs for se­lec­tion.

Premier Mark McGowan was at the dam on Tues­day to an­nounce the pro­ject, which he said would turn the wall into a “world-class at­trac­tion”.

“What we’re go­ing to do here is cre­ate one of the world’s big­gest mu­rals on Welling­ton Dam, if not the big­gest mu­ral in the en­tire world,” he said.

“The idea be­hind it is it will at­tract tourists, lo­cals, in­ter­state and in­ter­na­tional peo­ple right down here to Col­lie to show­case the mar­vel­lous Welling­ton Na­tional Park, the ex­tra­or­di­nary Welling­ton Dam and the beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity of Col­lie and the sur­round­ing towns.”

With the wall’s mam­moth di­men­sions, Mr McGowan said there was also po­ten­tial for the mu­ral to break world records, with the cur­rent record-holder for the big­gest out­door mu­ral by a sin­gle artist mea­sur­ing about 3500sq m.

“Mu­rals around the world are very suc­cess­ful, but none of them – as far as we’re aware – have done it on the scale of Welling­ton Dam,” he said.

“It’s in­no­va­tive, it’s dif­fer­ent, it’s ex­cit­ing.”

Col­lie-Pre­ston MLA Mick Mur­ray said it was an ex­cit­ing pro­ject which would in­crease tourism and have a flow-on ef­fect cre­at­ing more lo­cal jobs.

Look­ing ahead, he said it was im­por­tant to shift the re­gion’s eco­nomic base.

“We all know coal has a fi­nite life of prob­a­bly the next 20 years and we want to be ad­just­ing the eco­nom­ics in Col­lie along the way,” he said.

“It’ll put this area – not only Col­lie but Dar­danup and Burekup – on the map.”

He said the old wa­ter tank on the top of the hill in Col­lie was also ear­marked for a mu­ral as part of the pro­ject and artists would be en­gaged shortly.

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Premier Mark McGowan, Col­lie Art Gallery com­mit­tee mem­ber Dianna Symes, coun­cil­lor Leonie Scof­fin and Col­lie-Pre­ston MLA Mick Mu­ray be­lieve a “mega mu­ral” on the Welling­ton Dam wall will be a ma­jor tourism at­trac­tion for the re­gion.

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