Carramar students create art for interchange

Main Roads project manager Steve Cole, St Stephen’s School Carramar Year 11 student Lauren Tonner and ECU PhD candidate Harrison See.
Main Roads project manager Steve Cole, St Stephen’s School Carramar Year 11 student Lauren Tonner and ECU PhD candidate Harrison See.

ST Stephen’s School will have a link to the interchange at Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive in Carramar, with Year 11 art students collaborating on a public artwork for the project.

Main Roads engaged ECU’s arts and humanities department to work with the Carramar students on forms and patterns that will inspire the final design to be installed on the wall along the walkway under the new bridge.

Five students have spent time with Lyndall Adams and PhD candidate Harrison See to workshop a range of media and techniques to create representations of both natural and built forms.

Dr Adams said the drawings selected would stay faithful to the students’ designs.

“They will develop forms sourced from the school environment: shadows, people, structures, plant matter, rocks, flowers, leaves, for example,” Dr Adams said.

“As the artwork develops, we will document each step and present it to the school at a close-to-final stage.”

St Stephen’s School Carramar Year 11 art students Sophie Mitchell and Emma Hogarth create patterns and forms inspired by nature for the public artwork.

Principal Donella Beare said the collaborative project was an opportunity for students to see how art is interpreted into different forms.

“They will be able to see how what may start as a simple form is transformed into a project that can benefit the community and the possibilities art provides,” she said.

“Those directly involved, and our school as a whole, will enjoy a sense of pride and ownership with the artwork on permanent display.”

Project manager Steve Cole said Main Roads always aimed to incorporate public art and urban design initiatives in their projects and loved working with local schools and community groups to help implement them.