Lesmurdie: artist Piet Baarspul to chair Falls design


Piet Baarspul with some of the wood he will work with on the chairs for the site at Lesmurdie Falls. |Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d454106
Piet Baarspul with some of the wood he will work with on the chairs for the site at Lesmurdie Falls. |Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d454106

ASPIRING designers who would like to work with an artisan and bespoke wood sculptor have been invited to contact the organisers of a community project which is making great leaps at the Lesmurdie Falls on Falls Road.

The Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls and the Lesmurdie and Districts Community Association Incorporated have been working together on a project to clear the falls of invasive weeds.

They have also planted thousands of indigenous plants and rehabilitated the creek.

Lesmurdie and Districts Community Association president Iris Jones said pathways had now been established and were already being used.

The first of several planned bridges has also been built.

“We are now seeking youths of high school age and older to help create special seating across the site and we have employed an artist-in-residence, Piet Baarspul, to work with them,” Ms Jones said.

“This is a unique opportunity for our youth to work with a master craftsman who recycles fallen timber to create what is in effect a work of art as well as unique seating.”

Ms Jones said each seat would be a rare one-off and young people would learn skills, as well as being involved in a high profile project.

She said the workshops would be free and the projects were funded by the community sponsors, including the Kalamunda Rotary Club, Lotterywest, Kalamunda Shire, Archon Legal, Thornbury’s Accountants, Bendigo Bank in Forrestfield and High Wycombe and the Green Army.

Ms Jones said Baarspul would work with small groups to give maximum skill-share to participants.

The project is ongoing and the workshops will be arranged to suit the availability of those who join the community project, Ms Jones said.

Call 0417 088 591 for more information, or Baarspul direct on 0474 099 709.