LEO Robinson’s (16) first public art mural has an audience of hundreds of commuters each day.
The Perth Modern student was “discovered” by Perth MLA John Carey while he was door-knocking the neighbourhood and saw the mural Leo painted on his family home’s front fence.
The City of Vincent then commissioned Leo to create a mural on the traffic control box at the busy intersection of Charles Street and Scarborough Beach Road, North Perth.
“I came up with the design on paper first and then drew it on to the box with a lead pencil,” he said.
“The idea came from a comic book; I wanted to capture a dreamlike, surreal landscape.
“I took me about a week or so to paint it throughout the school holidays; it took about six or seven hours a day.
Leo’s artwork has received the attention of the owners of The Classroom around the corner from the traffic control box, who have hired him to come up with a mural for the venue.
“I had a few people stop and talk to me while I was painting and one local business owner even approached me to see if I was interested in creating an artwork for his business,” he said.
Vincent Mayor Emma Cole said the aim was to ensure public art in the City reflected the diverse population and creative culture.
“When selecting artworks we consider a diverse group of artists including established artists and those just starting their careers,” she said.