Morley: John Forrest Secondary College and Studio 281 team up to complete 60m mural at Russell Street Park

John Forrest Secondary College students Aqeel Abdul Hanif and Loraine Pugosa with artist Ill Withers, Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull and Studio 281 owner Leo Flavel. Photo: Max Laurent
John Forrest Secondary College students Aqeel Abdul Hanif and Loraine Pugosa with artist Ill Withers, Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull and Studio 281 owner Leo Flavel. Photo: Max Laurent

STUDIO 281 artists and John Forrest Secondary College students have completed a 60m water conservation-themed mural at Russell Street Park in Morley.

The Maylands-based studio worked with Year 10 students for more than two months to create a concept, design and paint the mural.

Artist Pippa McManus conducted several in-class workshops, Studio 281 owner Leo Flavel held water conservation and street art history sessions while Mike Shime and Daek William joined Flavel at on-site painting workshops.

The mural features native birds and plants often seen in the Bayswater wetlands and celebrated the City of Bayswater’s connection to the Swan River.

It is part of the City and Water Corporation’s joint project, which kicked off with the launch of a ninja-warrior style obstacle course in April.

There will also be two living streams which aim to improve existing water quality, biodiversity and work to green the area.

The Department of Biodiversity, Attractions and Conservation contributed $50,000 towards the conservation project.

Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said students would feel a sense of ownership and pride having contributed to the artwork.

“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 real centrepiece to the area,” he said.

“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.”