Artist helps area take shape

Trevor Richards among the designs he has created on Beaufort Street.|Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d423088
Trevor Richards among the designs he has created on Beaufort Street.|Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d423088

Mr Richards recently finished applying his striking tessellation designs to the windows of five old shopfronts on Beaufort Street between Aberdeen and Newcastle Street.

The project was a partnership between the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and Central Institute of Technology, who commissioned Mr Richards to create a strip of geometric designs linking the spaces.

He completed the first shop window in early 2013 with a design derived from a floor tile pattern discovered at the New Norcia Hotel.

It endured so well that the MRA commissioned Mr Richards to extend the tessellation pattern down the strip.

Mr Richards said the aim of the project was to animate an area that looked derelict and create interest for people driving or walking past.

Thousands of pedestrians, drivers and passengers can see the vibrant patterns as they pass by.

‘I’ve had a great response from people walking past,’ he said.

‘Before the project, it just looked like an old run-down building. It’s been unoccupied for a number of years.’

Mr Richards said the tessellation pattern flips and changes, encouraging people walking past to take a second look.

‘It’s a visual field where the background and foreground are equal,’ he said.

‘The colours and shapes come from my travels to Spain, Portugal and France.’

In 2013, Mr Richards was commissioned to program the LED lighting display at Council House.