Amok Island pelican mural adorning Canning Bridge apartment

Artist Amok Island’s giant pelican mural is the latest addition to the City of Melville’s public art collection.
Artist Amok Island’s giant pelican mural is the latest addition to the City of Melville’s public art collection.

FOR years Canning Bridge has been synonymous with pelicans but the latest addition to the pod is something special.

Completed earlier this month, the six-storey high pelican mural is the work of Dutch-born, Fremantle-based artist Amok Island.

The $40,000 mural is located on the wall of an apartment block adjacent to the Shell service station in Mt Pleasant and is clearly visible when travelling east along Canning Highway.

Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox said the project was one of many identified as part of the development of the City’s Public Art Strategy.

“Amok Island was commissioned to paint the mural after consultation with the building owners,” he said.

“His work and style, which focuses on local flora or fauna, was a perfect fit for the Canning Bridge precinct location.”

Dr Silcox said the mural was paid for by developers who had previously opted to pay cash in lieu of undertaking a public art project themselves.

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