Bayswater train station stunt drills down on subway


The Armadrillo is a sculpture of a drilling machine that would carry out works on the Forrestfield Airport Link.
The Armadrillo is a sculpture of a drilling machine that would carry out works on the Forrestfield Airport Link.

ART imitated life on Sunday when a Bayswater community group pulled an elaborate election stunt at the plagued Bayswater train station.

Group Future Bayswater commissioned sculptor Len Zuks to create the ‘Armadrillo’, a sculpture that represents a drilling machine that would carry out tunnelling works on the Forrestfield Airport Link.

The ‘Armadrillo’ was driven up to the Bayswater subway before a group of actors playing construction workers decided the machine would not fit and diverted it at the last minute, parking it in front of Bayswater Hotel.

The scenario tipped its hat to the ongoing issue of trucks ignoring the flashing ‘no clearance’ sign and getting stuck under the 3.8m bridge.

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Future Bayswater chairman Paul Shanahan said the stunt was a symbolic contribution to the effort of extending the Forrestfield Airport Link to Bayswater.

While both major political parties have pledged upgrades to Bayswater station, no one has yet committed to sinking the station.

The Liberal Government last year said the station would not be put underground but rather smaller works would be carried out with funds left over from the $2 billion Forrestfield Airport Link project.

Maylands candidates Lisa Baker, Amanda Madden, Caroline Perks and Greg Smith attended the event.

“When I was invited to engage in a crazy plan in Bayswater, I accepted without hesitation to highlight the good sense in extending the new underground railway, thus allowing a subterranean railway precinct,” Mr Zuks said.