A 60 metre mural with a water conservation theme is the backdrop to the new Russell Street Park in Morley after a joint project between Studio 281, John Forrest Secondary College, Water Corporation and the City of Bayswater. Year 10 art students worked with local artists over two months to create the concept for the mural, design the artwork and finally help paint the finished product.
City of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the mural was the next stage in the transformation of the new public space.
"Earlier this year the City partnered with Water Corporation and the State Government to transform a previously closed off drainage basin site into a central park in the heart of the Morley CBD, now known as Russell Street Park. The park is home to our first-ever ninja-warrior style obstacle course and now to an impressive 60 metre mural created by local school students and artists.
The mural features native birds and plants commonly seen around the City's wetland areas, celebrating the area's connection to the Swan River.
"Located opposite the bus station in Morley’s busy retail precinct, the mural will be enjoyed by thousands of passers-by each day and become a real centrepiece to the area. I’m sure the students will feel a sense of ownership and pride having contributed to an artwork of this scale and significance.
“As part of the City's Place Activation Plan the community told us they want to see more public art, open space and attractive streetscapes in Morley. This project achieves all of these things and more."
The art project was facilitated by Studio 281 and was incorporated into the term two curriculum at John Forrest Secondary College. Students were treated to a series of in-class workshops including a social media workshop with popular artist Pippa McManus, a water conservation session by Water Corporation and lessons on the history of street art with Studio 281 owner Leonardo Flavel. Students then moved on to on-site workshops focused on developing their painting techniques. Artists Mike Shime, Daek William and Ill Withers worked alongside Leonardo Flavel to guide the students through the painting process.
The final stage of the Russell Street Park project will be the conversion of two existing storm water drains into living streams that will help improve existing water quality, biodiversity and work to green the area. The Department of Biodiversity, Attractions and Conservation contributed $50,000 towards this conservation project.
Russell Street Park is located alongside Bunnings on Russell Street in Morley.