ECU and Kinross College students get together for Mitchell Fwy extension murals


Dr Lyndall Adams and Dr Sue Girak. Picture: Andrew Ritchie         d456030
Dr Lyndall Adams and Dr Sue Girak. Picture: Andrew Ritchie         d456030

KINROSS College students have collaborated with artists to design a public artwork for the Mitchell Freeway extension project.

The large mural, made from smaller ceramic tiles, will be installed at the Burns Beach Road pedestrian bridge.

ECU senior research fellow Lyndall Adams and former PhD student Sue Girak, both artists, were chosen to create the works based on the students’ ideas.

Dr Girak tasked the Year 8 class with drawing and taking photos of plants at the school, which they used to develop the work. She said some students started drawing their silhouette and shadows.

“The vegetation along the side (of the piece) was taken from their shadow drawings of plants; we turned these into a motif,” she said.

Dr Adams said they had to be innovative with the design, using specific materials that were non-slip and would be durable.

“It’s been fun; it’s been a really different project,” she said.

“I’m really interested to see how people deal with it (and) what they think.”

The duo designed three other installations for use on the Hester Avenue and Neerabup Road bridges, which feature colours based on vegetation in the areas.

Dr Girak said she hoped students appreciated what they created.

“I hope it shows that children and adults can collaborate to make worthwhile pieces of art of a high standard,” she said.

The Burns Beach Road artwork is expected to be installed in September.