Artists pump new life into Water Corporation cabinets

May 26, 2018 by  

The water pump station at Canning Vale is about to blossom with colour in a new Water Corporation initiative being rolled out across Perth’s metropolitan area.

As part of the Splash of Colour programme, the Corporation has enlisted the support of local artists to help transform seven of its white electrical cabinets into colourful public art pieces.

Water Minister Dave Kelly said the project will see WA artists using their talents to bring life, vibrancy and colour to pump stations in local suburbs. He explained:

“The Water Corporation have commissioned local artists to paint murals that reflect the importance of water and its connection to the community.”

Artist Mike Barker (Shime) said he was inspired by local fauna for his mural at the pump station in Canning Vale. The mural, he said, features the ducks that hang out in the area.

Murals in local areas have often been featured on postcards, brochures and promotional products and Shime hopes his artwork on the pump station will become well recognised as somewhat of a local landmark. He said the mural replaces a surface that has been plain white for 15 years.

As part of the programme’s first stage, cabinets have also been transformed into colourful murals in a number of prominent locations, including Trigg, Watermans Bay, Marmion, Forrestfield, Mt. Pleasant and South Perth.