Fresh ideas from artists and students give Glen Iris skate park a facelift

Jacinta CantatoreBunbury Herald
Local artist The Papa Giuseppe and Joshua de Gruchy collaborated with Djidi Djidi Aboriginal and Picton Primary schools for the mural.
Camera IconLocal artist The Papa Giuseppe and Joshua de Gruchy collaborated with Djidi Djidi Aboriginal and Picton Primary schools for the mural. Credit: Jacinta Cantatore

The Glen Iris skate park has had an incredible makeover thanks to a collaboration between two local artists and primary school students.

The City of Bunbury partnered with Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School and Picton Primary School and local artists The Papa Giuseppe and Joshua de Gruchy to create the community project.

The skate park has become a hot-spot for graffiti in recent years, negatively affecting general impressions of the space and discouraging local families from using the barbecues and surrounding recreation areas.

In a bid to combat the anti-social eyesore the mural project has helped revitalise the skate park, thanks to a $50,000 contribution from the WA Police State Graffiti Hotspot Fund.

The mural features native flora and fauna, creating a vibrant backdrop for the popular skate park.

Students also helped city officers to plant native plant species in the area to further revitalise the community space.

The mural design was created following workshops between the artists and students to explore design ideas, techniques and skill development.

Part of the completed mural at the Glen Iris skate park.
Camera IconPart of the completed mural at the Glen Iris skate park. Credit: Jacinta Cantatore

The ideas from these workshops went into the finished mural, giving students a hands-on experience working on a large-scale art project from start to finish.

Both projects provided an avenue for youth engagement and helped inspire a sense of ownership of the local park.

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