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Public art brightens new Bayswater Station

  • 8 June 2023

From large-scale murals and seating sculptures to detailed digital designs, the public art pieces for the METRONET New Bayswater Station Project have something that appeals to just about everyone.

Created by eight local artists with varying backgrounds, experience and styles, the artworks capture and celebrate Bayswater’s distinct identity and will be installed in stages. 

Splashes of colour can already be seen on the noise walls along Whatley Crescent and the mural on the new Leake Street underpass will start to take shape mid-year. 

Read all about the designs and check out the artwork locations.

Leake Street underpass mural 

Emily Jackson’s mural of local flora and fauna will brighten the walls and ceilings of the new Leake Street underpass and surrounding area. 

Seating sculpture

Award-winning and internationally renowned Noongar artist Peter Farmer, in collaboration with Miranda Farmer and Jason Hirst, has created two functional seating sculptures – Kaarl and Kiep (fire and water). The sculptures will create a strong statement and provide colour and light to the station forecourt area outside the station’s main entrance.

Station entry statement

Andrew Frazer will create bright, vibrant murals in several locations around the station featuring the Noongar place name for Bayswater, Biraliny, brought to life through Andrew’s signature typography and textured style, and Noongar artist Jade Dolman’s patterns and designs.

Botanical murals along noise walls

More than 150 metres of vibrant flora and fauna will bring splashes of colour to sections of the noise walls along Whatley Crescent and Railway Parade. Joanna Brown’s hand-drawn botanical elements will help create a sense of arrival to the station. 

Station platform artwork 

Detailed graphic illustrations of Bayswater’s rich history will engage passengers while they wait for the train at each platform. Nathanael Whale’s artwork celebrates the two sides of Bayswater – the historic town centre and the river – with elements sourced from the Bayswater Historical Society, community members and Catherine May’s book, The Changes They’ve Seen.

Digital and sound commemorative bridge artwork 

Local artist Leon Ewing will create an audio-visual homage to the old Baysie Bridge. Using the original low clearance LED screen, and audio recordings taken from the bridge, the artwork will keep the bridge’s reign of terror alive by tallying virtual truck strikes from the height of the old bridge.

Integrated artwork and poetry 

Local writer Nandi Chinna will create a written piece for the landscape ‘ribbon element’ surrounding the station. Her artwork will be complemented with imagery by Noongar artist, Jade Dolman. 

All these public artworks are delivered under the METRONET Public Art Strategy, which aims to make enjoyable areas for local communities while supporting opportunities for local and Noongar emerging and established artists. 

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