AN electrical cabinet near a busy Forrestfield intersection has had a makeover as part of Water Corporation’s ‘Splash of colour’ campaign.
The utility’s community art program will see seven water and wastewater electrical cabinets, described by Water Minister Dave Kelly as “grey square boxes”, transformed into public art pieces.
“We’ve all seen these pump stations in our neighbourhoods which have a functional purpose, but aren’t exactly pleasing to the eye,” Water Minister Dave Kelly said.
“The Water Corporation have commissioned local artists to paint murals that reflect the importance of water and its connection to the community.”
Fremantle artist Mel McVee transformed the Forrestfield cabinet this week, painting a great egret surrounded by stylised flowers.
The former Maida Vale resident said she enjoyed going back to her “old haunt” and wanted to highlight one of the more beautiful native birds seen along the Swan River.
“Egrets are quite common along the waterways,” she said.
Water Corporation spokeswoman Louise Fleming said not all assets were suitable for public artwork, so the utility would assess each proposal on a case-by-case basis.
“We are keen to hear from the community and stakeholders about assets they think may be suitable for public artwork,” she said.
“It is possible other assets, including tanks, may be considered to be part of the program.
“Ideas can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.”