• Pump station electrical cabinets in Albany to be blank canvasses for local artists

  • Water Corporation's Splash of Colour program makes a start in Albany this week with the help of local students and the community


A State Government project to bring Water Corporation assets in highly visible locations to life, with the help of local artists, will begin in Albany this week.


The Splash of Colour Community Art Program will transform five of the Water Corporation's everyday water and wastewater electrical cabinets into public art pieces.


Pump station electrical cabinets will be painted over the next four weeks in prominent locations along York Street and Port Road in the Albany central business district, Le Grande Avenue in Orana, Firth Street in Emu Point, and Garden Street in Middleton Beach.


Four local artists have been selected to take part in the program, with more than 25 applications put forward.  The artists selected to transform the cabinets are Karlee Bertola and Cody Hulkes (Albany CBD), Chad Marwick (Orana and Emu Point), and Glenn Hegedus (Middleton Beach and Emu Point).


The artists will be taking inspiration from the local community, with the Water Corporation organising two workshops with Albany Senior High School and the Albany Youth Support Association to hear their ideas about the community's connection to water.


So far, 16 Water Corporation assets across Western Australia have been turned into community art pieces through the Splash of Colour program. 


Keep up to date on the results of the artwork on social media using #splashofcolourWA


Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:


"It is great to see the State Government's Splash of Colour arts program make its way to Albany to transform more dull grey Water Corporation cabinets into vibrant, water themed art.


"While assets will always have a functional purpose, I look forward to seeing how local artists will completely transform them into something for the whole community to enjoy.


"The Water Corporation's work with Albany Senior High School and Albany Youth Support Association will provide valuable insights into local culture so the art reflects the beauty of the south coast."


Comment attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson:


"It's great to see the Water Corporation putting some colour and life into our community. Albany is a hotbed of artistic endeavour and these bright and colourful Water Corporation cabinets will make a tremendous contribution to our urban streetscapes."

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