An everyday Water Corporation pump station in Westminster has been transformed into an artistic masterpiece that captures local and cultural perspectives on water use, flora and fauna and the local water story.
The State Government, through the Water Corporation, delivered the exciting, community focused Splash of Colour project in partnership with Community Arts Network.
This new partnership provided an opportunity to closely engage with local communities in the design and development of mural artworks in their neighbourhood.
Local artist Lawry Halden led the artistic transformation with the mural showcasing local fauna including the motorbike frog, western swamp tortoise and marron.
Creative engagement sessions were held with local community groups, including Edmund Rice Centre and Whitelion to ensure the artwork was truly representative of the neighbourhood where the pump station is located.
Community participants also exercised their artistic skills during painting sessions on the Harris Way Pump Station, leaving a lasting impression for years to come.
So far, 40 Water Corporation electrical cabinets and pump stations across the State have been transformed into community artworks through the Splash of Colour program.
Track the progress of the program on social media by following #splashofcolour.
As stated by Water Minister Dave Kelly:
“It is wonderful to see the extent of community engagement and participation that has been undertaken to bring this pump station to life for the entire community to enjoy.
“The Splash of Colour program continues to enhance the liveability and vibrancy of local neighbourhoods while educating the community about the impacts of climate change and importance of conserving water for generations to come.
“I’m in awe of Lawry Halden’s talent in transforming this functional asset into something that is not only beautiful, but reflects the local community’s connection to water.”
As stated by Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman:
“Lawry Halden has created a spectacular piece of art that will add some more colour and fun to our local neighbourhood.
“This has also been a fantastic opportunity for the wider community to participate in decisions about how to improve the look of our local streets, rather than imposing ideas from the outside.
“It has been a really positive experience for everyone involved, and I look forward to plenty more initiatives like this in the future.”