Perth Airport to reveal artworks from 11 artists

Ellenbrook artist Justin Martin with his artwork ‘Tondorup’ at Perth Airport
Ellenbrook artist Justin Martin with his artwork ‘Tondorup’ at Perth Airport

A NEW look for a re-branding of Perth Airport will include a gradual unveiling of 11 artists’ interpretations of WA, from Gibson Desert landscapes to the waters of Coral Coast.

The Nexus of Possibilities features interchangeable artwork in a compass-like design, representing a compass guiding visitors to WA.

The new branding, including the logo based on the black swan, was launched on November 14 and the artworks will be slowly revealed over the next few months around Perth Airport, including on airport buses.

Ellenbrook artist Justin Martin’s portion of the nexus ‘Tondorup’ featured Djil Djit, a fish species in the Swan river and ocean commonly hunted as an important food source.

Mr Martin said the artworks were meant to not only represent Perth but to include greater Perth and the whole of WA.

“As my part of the design, I had to represent the ocean,” he said.

“For me being a Noongar man, I think about family members in travel groups, a lot of travel groups have spiritual connections to the animals.

“It represents the Noongar people of the coastline and their connection to the fish species that were hunted seasonally.”

Perth Airport chief executive Kevin Brown said the colours represented the natural environment of the desert landscapes, sandy beaches, the ocean and unique wildflowers of WA.

“We’ve also engaged with both indigenous and non-indigenous artists to capture their perspectives of WA,” he said.

“We want to deliver an airport which provides a warm welcome and a lasting first impression to interstate and overseas visitors, one that makes them want to experience the wonders of WA again and again.”