New banners on the Mandurah Bridge celebrate the City’s spring flora, fauna and marine environment

Artists Debra Scidone, Paul Fleetham, Ricky Gibson and Lisa Payton with the banners.
Artists Debra Scidone, Paul Fleetham, Ricky Gibson and Lisa Payton with the banners.

MOTORISTS crossing the Mandurah Bridge will notice something new.

Fourteen new banners have been installed to celebrate spring and Mandurah’s flora, fauna and marine environment.

The banners have been designed by local artists Ricky Gibson, Lisa Payton, Paul Fleetham and Debra Scidone.

For artist Lisa Payton, having her work adorn three of the banners has special significance.

Her grandfather was involved in building the previous bridge.

“It truly is an honour and my grandfather would be very proud,’’ she said.

The new banners will replace those designed by local artist Emma Blyth that will be rotated back in.

Not only have the banners been designed by local artists, they have also been made by a local business – Bryson Canvas.

The banners.

Mayor Rhys Williams said the City was keen to provide real employment opportunities for artists and the banners were a great way to financially support talented locals and support their work.

“Talking to the community, prior and during the bridge development, we know public art is really important,’’ he said.

“It’s a way for us to celebrate and reflect on what is unique or special to us and helps us connect with this place and each other.”

Work is already underway on special banners for Christmas.