Notable locals inspire new mural in Wanneroo town centre


Margaret Cockman and Nick Trandos were muses for the mural. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d482390
Margaret Cockman and Nick Trandos were muses for the mural. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d482390

LOCAL people inspired a 300sq m mural recently completed in the Wanneroo town centre.

Artist Jerome Davenport painted the mural along the northern wall of the Wanneroo Central carpark as part of the shopping centre’s $20 million redevelopment.

He revisited the mural with two of his muses – pioneer Margaret Cockman and market gardener Nick Trandos on Wednesday.

“The inspiration for the mural came from the people of the area,” Davenport said.

“I always focus on those everyday heroes who are valuable community members and give back to their community.

“I love to base imagery in the mural around the environment in which it is in.

“You will see a lot of native flora and fauna through out my works and the Wanneroo mural in particular as the heritage of the site and council is heavily based in bush land and previously market gardens.

“We’ve had great feedback from the community throughout the painting.”

Mr Trandos said Davenport had done a “good job” and they were pleased with the final painting.

Artist Jerome Davenport with Nick Trandos.

“Without the hat, it’s not Nick Trandos – that’s a standard one that I wear; that’s how people recognise me,” he said.

Ms Cockman said she was “gobsmacked” to see the finished mural, which features native plants, Perry’s Paddock, a windmill, blue wren and bee.

“It was a bit overwhelming, the size of it,” she said, adding it topped off a few interesting weeks since she took part in the Queen’s Baton Relay and did laps in a racing car.

Margaret Cockman with artist Jerome Davenport.

The Wembley Downs artist said it was slightly bigger than his previous projects and he would be doing a similar sized project in London.

He also has projects lined up in Sydney and on the European street art festival scene, before he returns to Perth in August for another project.

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