Wooden crabs to be turned into work of art for 20th anniversary of Mandurah Crab Fest

Artists Emma Blyth and Gary Aitken on the eastern foreshore with some of the decorated crabs.
Artists Emma Blyth and Gary Aitken on the eastern foreshore with some of the decorated crabs.

SEVEN hundred carved wooden crabs distributed throughout the community and decorated to tell individual stories will be used for a spectacular work of art on the eastern foreshore during Crab Fest.

A further 300 will be used for a centrepiece created by local artist Gary Aitken.

The work celebrates the 20th anniversary of the event and will be surrounded by 300 lights to ensure a stunning art work day and night on the foreshore near the Dome.

Workshops were held at which the community could decorate the wooden crabs.

A City of Mandurah spokesman said the community participation had been fabulous and thanked all those who participated in bringing Mandurah’s blue manna crabs to life.

People can collect their crab flowers on the Monday following Crab Fest between 10am and noon.

Now in its 20th year, the free two day festival on March 17 and 18 will include more than 100 hours of free entertainment, including local and international acts across four stages, celebrities, unique food experiences, waterway activities, live music, a firework spectacular and blue manna crabs.

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