STREET artist Dan Duggan stepped out of his comfort zone for a mural he created for Hawaiian’s Mezz in Mt Hawthorn.
Installed at the Scarborough Beach Road entrance, the piece is Duggan’s first for a shopping centre and his largest graphic project so far.
He swapped paint cans for software and designed the image on a computer.
“I’ve always painted murals for the last 20 years,” he said.
“The process for this one was different; rather than me applying paint to the wall, I created it digitally on a graphics template, so I drew it on my computer tablet then had it put onto vinyl, but it is a technical process enlarging it to this size.
“It was a great experience and different to what I’m used to – my primitive splashing paint on a wall approach, which I really enjoy, but I enjoyed this too.”
He said the location dictated the change in his process.
“I did initially want to paint this but it was going to close this thoroughfare for too long,” he said.
“So with the wonders of modern technology it was installed in one night.”
Duggan said he had spent a lot of time in the area and so he was able to capture the essence of the Mt Hawthorn community.
“Wherever I work, (my art) reflects something about the community, which is common to most artists doing public, street or community art,” he said.
“I spent some time observing the local area and lifestyle.
“The big thing I noticed was that the shopping centre is what I would describe as an ‘urban billabong’ to the community. Everyone converges there for the necessities of life – food and socialising.”