A new mural at 722-728 Hay St Mall is the latest in a series commissioned by the City of Perth to breathe new life into the City’s under-used spaces.
Created by local aboriginal artist and educator Jade Dolman, the abstract artwork titled ‘Gooloogoolup’ embodies the cultural significance of Lake Kingsford and Lake Irwin. The two former swamps, originally around Yagan Square, Perth Arena and the Perth Train Station, were important to the Noongar people to gather and source food.
The piece is the eighth mural completed as part of the City’s Retail Core Refresh – a project to revitalise the city malls to make them more welcoming and inviting spaces.
The refresh included new furniture, improved street lighting and wayfinding signage, as well as the installation of extra power outlets for events.
As part of the project, murals were installed within the Hay and Murray St Mall laneways, as well as off William Street.
City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said the City’s investment in street art had many benefits to both the community and business.
“Since 2019, we’ve supported 14 murals that have brightened buildings and laneways throughout the City,” he said.
“As well as helping to improve safety, they’ve become popular attractions for people to photograph and share on social media.
“This is great promotion for the City and helps support local businesses – including street art walking tours that give people the opportunity to discover more about the history and heritage of Perth.”
Visit the Engage Perth website for more information on the Retail Core Refresh Project and the City of Perth website for an online mural and street art map.
Murals completed as part of the City of Perth’s Retail Core Refresh Program:
Location: 110 William St (opposite Perth Underground, Murray St Mall)
Artist/Title: Andrew Frazer/’Untold Stories’
Summary: The mural speaks to the site's origin as a pathway of trade and meeting, architectural history as the Musgrove's building, impact of the 1952 fire and its repurposed current form. Through torn forms, subtle gradients and gentle textural explorations, the site-specific history is revealed.
Location: 663 Hay St Mall (laneway next to JD Sports)
Artists: Peta Roebuck and Barry Emerald
Summary: Inspired by the native Zamia Palm, the painting features long arching fronds and giant fruit filled with toxic red seeds.
Location: 712-720 Hay St (back of the laneway next to 92 William St)
Artist: Kyle Hughes-Odgers
Summary: Inspired by nature, the built environment and human behaviour, the artwork explores pathways, meeting places, travel and a new perspective of the city centre.
Location: Laneway next to London Court at 643 Hay St Mall
Artist/Title: Joanna Brown / ‘Three Phase Connection’
Summary: The mural contrasts with the urban city environment and reminds you to count your blessings, one, two, three. The botanical works extend outwards horizontally like a stream seeking to find a river and creates a sense of wellbeing and positive connection.
Location: Laneway next to 92 William St
Artist / Title: Nathan Hoyle / ‘Run Through’
Summary: The bright colours and tightly connected shapes and lines mimic the energy of people running through the laneway on their journey through the city.
Location: Laneway between 95-99 Barrack St
Artist/Title: JOY Artist Collective and graphic designer and artist Marisa Santosa / ‘Patterns of Perth’
Summary: The mural is inspired by the patterns and shapes that exist in the new and old buildings around Perth.
Location: 255 Murray St Mall
Artist/Title: Cultural artists led by Lance Chadd and Trish Robinson / ‘Waargyl’
Summary: The ‘Waargyl’ explodes with vibrant colour on the wall, telling stories of land-based Aboriginal spirituality and ‘Boorongur lore’, connection and care for country.
Location: 722-728 Hay St Mall
Artist: Jade Dolman
Summary: ‘Gooloogoolup’ represents the cultural significance of Lake Kingsford and Lake Irwin. The two former Perth swamps were originally around Yagan Square, Perth Arena and the Perth Train Station.
Issued by: Grace.Carr@cityofperth.wa.gov.au
The City of Perth acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where Perth city is situated today, and pay our respect to Elders past and present.
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