Noranda: Perth artist Leanne Bray completes 60m mural based on the Banksia

L-R Artist Leanne Bray, Bayswater councillor Michelle Sutherland, Hawaiian retail property manager Rita, Cr Stephanie Gray.
L-R Artist Leanne Bray, Bayswater councillor Michelle Sutherland, Hawaiian retail property manager Rita, Cr Stephanie Gray.

A BANKSIA-inspired mural spanning 60m in length has brought an empty wall in Noranda to life.

Perth visual artist Leanne Bray recently completed her mural at Hawaiian’s Noranda, which features the Banksia Menziesii, or the Firewood Banksia, the Australian native that was once widespread within the City of Bayswater.

It is the longest mural in Noranda.

The City of Bayswater funded $5000 and Hawaiian’s funded $15,000 towards the project.

Bray said the existing limestone walls offered a canvas for the burnt orange and rich yellows of the flower to pop against green leaves and stems in the background.

“I see the mural as an important record-keeping process, to indicate where the Banksia once grew in abundance and offer a marker to that past,” she said.

“As our environment continues to rapidly change, I see it as a reminder for us to tread carefully within our environment.”

Hawaiian general manager Alison Reid said the community artwork had been chosen due to its celebration of the history of the local area.

Mayor Dan Bull said the mural was a “vibrant” addition to the area, which the community had been wanting to make more attractive.