Art inspired by coffee

Artist Xander Rood aka Amok Island in front of a section of his work. Picture: Marcus Whisson d410666
Artist Xander Rood aka Amok Island in front of a section of his work. Picture: Marcus Whisson d410666

The Inglewood artist painted a mural of the civet cat, known for its taste for coffee cherries which it then excretes with the undigested beans considered a delicacy, along the Murray Street Mall entrance to the centre.

‘I usually paint fish but that didn’t really fit with this site which is next to the Coffee Club,’ Rood said.

‘I thought this piece fitted in with the location.’

The mural is the latest street art that Rood has completed in Perth, with other blank walls in Northbridge and Mt Lawley converted into exhibition spaces.

‘I started doing street art by asking people if I could paint their blank walls, it helps both them and me as then no one will graffiti the space,’ he said.

‘The opportunity to create murals at 140 William definitely helps artists because so many people see it being in the centre of the city. It is really good exposure.’

Rood, who moved to Australia from Amsterdam five years ago, has also worked in Indonesia, Portugal and the Netherlands and regularly exhibits smaller pieces in Perth galleries.

His work was one of 12 pieces created by Australian artists to decorate the exterior of the centre.

140 retail manager Kristi Dempster said the artworks would make it an iconic spot for locals and visitors in Perth.

‘The art campaign makes the beginning of 140’s transformation into a destination where food, art and fashion collide,’ she said.