A major new public artwork by renowned Noongar artist Sharyn Egan has been unveiled at Alkimos Central in Perth’s north, following a unique collaboration with local school children.
The 250-metre long public artwork to be displayed along Marmion Avenue is an indigenous interpretation of the imagination and ideas of 150 local school students about the future Alkimos Central city centre.
The work was created following the mentoring of 150 local school students guided through a series of art workshops by Sharon Wood-Kenney with Aboriginal Elders including Nan Doreen Green and Dr Noel Nannup who taught the students local Aboriginal cultural stories, and created art about the future of their city centre.
Part of the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension, when complete Alkimos Central is anticipated to be home to more than 90,000 residents.
The development is expected to support around 1,500 construction jobs and create up to 13,500 ongoing local jobs.
The METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension is on track for completion in late 2022.
As stated by Lands and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:
“Sharyn’s stunning work speaks to the 2020 NAIDOC theme of ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, bringing local cultural stories and recognition of the Aboriginal heritage of the land that will host this exciting new development.
“Alkimos Central will be the city centre and transport hub for more than 90,000 residents, many of whom will work locally.
“The development is expected to support around 1,500 construction jobs and will see the creation of up to 13,500 ongoing jobs.
“It is fantastic to see that the area’s rich Aboriginal heritage and the voices of traditional owners incorporated from the outset.”
As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“The METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension is one of our key election commitments and, when complete, will provide more transport opportunities for northern suburbs residents.
“While we look to an exciting vibrant future for the site it is important to recognise the land’s traditional owners, and their connection to the area.
“I’m thrilled to see this new artwork, co-created with local students, and the continuing recognition of Aboriginal culture across the vibrant public spaces METRONET creates.
“This year we have eight METRONET projects underway, creating thousands of local jobs.”
As stated by Butler MLA John Quigley:
“We have some very talented kids in the Butler electorate and I’m thrilled they have been able to help shape this indigenous artwork.
“Alkimos Central is an exciting development for the community, bringing vibrancy and job opportunities.”
Lands and Aboriginal Affairs Minister’s office – 6552 5900