Wanneroo Road flyover art remembers flower farm history

Drone image of the intersection improvement works taking place at Ocean Reef Road and Wanneroo Road. Picture: David Baylis d494329
Drone image of the intersection improvement works taking place at Ocean Reef Road and Wanneroo Road. Picture: David Baylis d494329

ART planned for walls at the Wanneroo Road-Ocean Reef Road interchange will pay tribute to the flower farm history of the area.

Artist Mark Datodi designed the colour palette and patterns to reflect those of the market garden and flower growing history of the area, best seen in aerial photos.

A concept design for the noise walls.

At the most recent construction reference group workshop, Mr Datodi said a mix of colours, textures and patterns would be used on abutment walls, noise walls and retaining walls.

A concept design for the bridge panels.

At the June 26 workshop, landscaper David Wheeler updated the group on design plans for the drainage area where the flower farm used to be.

Mr Wheeler said the planting theme would reflect and complement colours proposed on the walls as well as remnant wetland and woodland vegetation.

An aerial view of the intersection and flower farm in 2017. Picture: EagleView

During a recent site visit with Premier Mark McGowan, Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton said the group had provided positive feedback on the $65 million flyover project, including the art and landscaping plans.

“This was a flower garden before – (the artist) has tapped into the market gardening background and history of this site,” she said.

 

Roadworks to include roundabout

A temporary roundabout will divert motorists east of the current Wanneroo Road-Ocean Reef Road intersection.

Main Roads has flagged the switch to the roundabout in October as the next major milestone in the $65 million interchange project.

The project, due to finish in mid-2020, will result in Wanneroo Road going above Ocean Reef Road.

A temporary roundabout also replaced traffic signals at the Wanneroo Road-Joondalup Drive intersection last weekend – read more here.

A concept plan for the temporary roundabout east of Wanneroo Road.