A new mural at 722-728 Hay St Mall is the latest in a series commissioned by the City of Perth to breathe new life into the City’s under-used spaces.
Created by local aboriginal artist and educator Jade Dolman, the abstract artwork titled ‘Gooloogoolup’ embodies the cultural significance of Lake Kingsford and Lake Irwin. The two former swamps, originally around Yagan Square, Perth Arena and the Perth Train Station, were important to the Noongar people to gather and source food.
The piece is the eighth mural completed as part of the City’s Retail Core Refresh – a project to revitalise the city malls to make them more welcoming and inviting spaces.
The refresh included new furniture, improved street lighting and wayfinding signage, as well as the installation of extra power outlets for events.
As part of the project, murals were installed within the Hay and Murray St Mall laneways, as well as off William Street.
City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said the City’s investment in street art had many benefits to both the community and business.
“Since 2019, we’ve supported 14 murals that have brightened buildings and laneways throughout the City,” he said.
“As well as helping to improve safety, they’ve become popular attractions for people to photograph and share on social media.
“This is great promotion for the City and helps support local businesses – including street art walking tours that give people the opportunity to discover more about the history and heritage of Perth.”