Yangebup Art works deteriorating: group

Cockburn MLA Fran Logan and other offcials examining one of the art works.Picture: Jon Hewson        d443999
Cockburn MLA Fran Logan and other offcials examining one of the art works.Picture: Jon Hewson        d443999

A COMMUNITY group from Yangebup has described deteriorating art work at Little Rush Lake as a symbol of the suburb.

The pieces, which represent the intertwining of various cultures, Aboriginal ownership of the land and a giant serpent Aboriginal people believed appeared during the Dreamtime, are looking worse for wear after years left to the elements.

Yangebup Progress Association (YPA) president Chontelle Sands said it was time something was done to improve them.

“The artwork really is an indication of our suburb as a whole,” she said.

“Money is put in but then the investment is not maintained.”

Cockburn environment manager Chris Beaton said the City had made multiple attempts to contact the original artists to undertake maintenance on the pieces.

“Having someone else undertake works on behalf of another artist is not something that generally occurs,” he said.

“Some of the pieces at Little Rush Lake have already been removed because they have been deemed to be beyond repair.

“We may need to do the same to the few remaining pieces. However, these will be examined before any decision is made.”

Cockburn MLA Fran Logan said he had raised the issue several times and it was time the City did whatever it could to revitalise the art.

Ms Sands said the YPA was keen to work with the City to restore the art, remove litter at the lake and to manage flora so that it did not become a fire hazard.

“This is the first step to restoring community spirit and making it an inviting place for people to use,” she said.

Mr Beaton said the City was building two spur trails at Little Rush Lake which would take people from the main trail to a vantage point closer to the lake.

“One of these trails will lead to the Poles (artwork),” he said.

“We will arrange to have the Poles cleaned and re-painted, without impacting on the original intent of the art piece, once the trails have been completed.”