Giant canvas challenges artist


Artist Sam Shields had a big task on his hands painting murals on 2.2km of hoarding.
Giant canvas challenges artist
Artist Sam Shields had a big task on his hands painting murals on 2.2km of hoarding.

Perth artist Sam Shields painted the 2.2km of hoardings around LandCorp and Satterley’s Allara estate, creating a fence artwork.

“This is by far the biggest project I have done to date,” he said.

“I definitely haven’t seen a hoarding like this in an estate before and it’s rare to see a spray-painting project of this scale.

“With help from fellow artist Elliot Tawns, we spent around 200 hours painting.

“The walls I usually paint are quite small, so it was definitely a challenge working on such a big scale.”

When asked how he went about the challenge, Shields said he approached a lot of the painting in different ways.

“Some of the sections were so large that the areas needed to be drawn up, then filled in with a roller,” he said.

“Some sections needed careful placement, so a projector was used as a guide for proportions to mitigate any problems with composition, and then the rest was freehand spray-painted.”

Tag lines such as ‘Community Built on Great Ideas’, ‘Swing into a Clever Way of Living’ and ‘Our Wellbeing Starts With Nature’ are detailed on the walls.

“The artwork on the two shorter fences is a visualisation of the future of Allara and the forward thinking behind the estate’s design and construction,” Shields said.

“For the longest wall, there is a sequential motion of a child-like character exploring the standout things which feature in the park.”

Future features of the estate will include walk and cycle paths, a neighbourhood centre and a central community open space incorporating large playing fields, parks, barbecues and indoor or outdoor recreation facilities.

A water play park due for completion in May will feature water play, fitness equipment, multi-use basketball and soccer court, nature play, a fortress connected by ropes and cargo nets and a kick-about area.