The Cockburn Central Station’s tower will soon pay homage to Western Australia’s flora and fauna following a survey which attracted more than 1,800 votes.
Three artworks – by Penny Bovell and John Toohey, Kerise Delcoure, and Signs & Lines – made the shortlist, with the winning piece decided by popular vote via an online survey.
After five weeks of voting, during which 1,846 people had their say, Kerise Delcoure’s piece was chosen as the preferred option, with 77 per cent of the vote.
Delcoure’s piece features the endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoo in flight and includes portrayals of salmon gum and banksia trees, wind and water, which the artist says it celebrates the biodiversity found within WA’s South-West.
Delcoure will now be commissioned to create the piece, which will be installed on the north and south faces of the tower.
As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“There has been strong community involvement throughout the process to replace the controversial Cockburn Faces artwork through two community surveys that received thousands of votes between them.
“Kerise Delcoure’s winning piece will be a welcome addition to the station’s aesthetic – and more than three quarters of survey respondents agree.
“The wonderful design, which incorporates bold colours and depictions of WA’s unique flora and fauna, will be an eye-catching and memorable piece for those travelling by road or rail for many years to come.”
As stated by Cockburn MLA Francis Logan:
“I welcome the new pieces of art for Cockburn Station.
“Replacement of the ‘faces’ was an ongoing campaign of mine for many years and even though I did appreciate the art of a computerised image of a woman and young boy, they were not appropriate for such a prominent public building.
“The black cockatoos are great. They are recognisable, relatable and given the lakes and bush around Cockburn, they are local.
“Now when you see the ‘cockies’ you know you are in Cockburn. Congratulations to the artists and thanks to all involved in such a lovely choice of art.”
As stated by Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai:
“I’m excited and glad to announce the Cockburn Central tower will have new artwork voted for by locals.
“Thank you to everyone who voted for their favourite artwork – nicely done!”