Program adds a splash of colour

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Indigenous artist Harley Akers with his recent art work in Millbridge.
Camera IconIndigenous artist Harley Akers with his recent art work in Millbridge. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

A splash of colour has enhanced a row of electrical cabinets on Millbridge Boulevard thanks to an artist from Bunbury.

Harley Akers, 20, pictured, was chosen from a pool of artists to participate in the Water Corporation’s Splash of Colour program.

Mr Akers’ artwork captures a familiar water theme, showcasing flora and fauna, a red-eyed tree frog and wetlands.

“I have been creating works of art most of my life, but I was honoured to have the chance to work on a project like this,” Mr Akers said.

“I drew inspiration from the environment around me and the local area and am really happy with how it turned out.”

The Splash of Colour program first came to the South West in 2017 and has since expanded across the State to as far as Broome and Albany.

So far, 42 Water Corporation electrical cabinets and pump stations throughout the State have been turned into meaningful pieces of community art through the program.

Water Minister Dave Kelly said the program continued to enhance the liveability and vibrancy of local neighbourhoods.

“I continue to be blown away by the talent of local artists who have helped create beautiful works of art for the community to enjoy, not only here in the South West but all throughout the State,” he said.

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