Artist gives Hamilton Hill housing development a sense of kangaroo paw-pose

Hamilton Hill local Melanie Maclou with her decorated letter box. Picture: Jon Hewson
Hamilton Hill local Melanie Maclou with her decorated letter box. Picture: Jon Hewson

SHE wanted to create something eye-catching and Hamilton Hill artist Melanie Maclou has certainly delivered with her latest piece.

Her kangaroo paw-inspired letterbox was crafted as part of a new Department of Housing development on Stratton Street in Hamilton Hill.

Maclou, the creator of the 19-tonne star fish sculpture at Cockburn’s Coogee Maritime Trail and the large pink flower on the banks of the Swan River in East Fremantle, said the striking colour and shape of the kangaroo paw sparked her interest.

“I wanted to make something very colourful that would stand out from the sleek building design and the grey of the units,” she said.

“It was my aim to grab the attention of people and cars passing by.

“Primarily I want to put a smile on the residents’ faces every time they go to collect the mail.

“I think the kangaroo paw ticks these boxes.”

Ms Maclou said the piece was made from durable aluminium pipe and plate and was powdercoated with bright red and green paint.

She said the work would complement the flora in the garden.

Housing Authority commercial operations general manager Nigel Hindmarsh said Maclou was commissioned to provide a colourful and distinctly WA presentation for the new eight-unit development.

“Housing supports the Percent for Art scheme, which employs local artists to deliver exciting public works of art for major new buildings such as schools, police stations, and health services throughout WA,” he said.

“Housing is happy to support local artists by integrating public art into its developments where possible, contributing to a vibrant public realm and complementing and enhancing the surrounding streetscape,” he said.

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