Belmont memories recorded on leaves

Maggie Baxter.
Maggie Baxter.

BELMONT’S personal tales are set to be a key feature of the area’s new train station.

An installation called Leaf Stories will tell the stories of locals on 12 ‘leaves’ scattered throughout the station.

Each leaf will be engraved with text taken from the Belmont Museum and the local community and residents are encouraged to join in.

Curator Maggie Baxter is behind the project and has been co-ordinating public art around WA since the early 1990s.

“I kind of like those big exciting projects. You do feel like you’ve made a difference to the city,” Ms Baxter said.

Ms Baxter said when the three shortlisted artists for the Belmont station project submitted their proposals, all of them incorporated something about the local community in completely different ways.

The artists selected for the project were Mark Gatogi and Steve Tepper.

“They proposed looking at two elements – a suspended work with branches and leaves, which is talking about the early agricultural aspect of the area’s history, and growth. Then working from the idea of leaves, they’ll be having up to 12 story leaves positioned in the station, which will contain snippets of personal local history,” Ms Baxter said.

Ms Baxter is encouraging locals to submit their personal memories, focusing on short stories that evoke feeling rather than listing dates.

“The area is undergoing so much change and it’s important we record in some way what was before that was so important to people in the area,” she said.

“A lot of people have stayed there for a very long time.”

People can share their Belmont area memories for the artists to incorporate in to the work by submitting snippets of memories.

Memories must be no more than 30 words long and the names of contributors will be included on the leaves.

Stories can be entered with name and contact details by 5pm on Friday, June 23, to connect@forrestfieldairportlink.wa.gov.au.

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