A MASSIVE street mural has been painted on the back of the Ellenbrook Secondary College Performing Arts Building and the City’s Community Library by a street artist from the United Kingdom Dan Newso.
Newso said he jumped at the chance to paint the mural after it was suggested by staff at the college, where he recently completed a two-month residency.
“I think public art can really inspire young people to take in their surroundings and think about interacting with public space differently,” he said.
“It’s great that the artwork can be seen by more varied people without the boundaries of the gallery space.”
The artist produced a digital mock-up of each of his designs then used a scissor lift and a lot of spray paint to get the massive mural finished in just three days.
“The piece is a bit about juggling all the varying aspects of life as I have been on my trip here,” he said.
“Some members of the public have asked who it is or if it’s meant to be a student or a teacher, but I think it’s up to the individual to interpret.”
City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the city contributed the cost of materials, while Newso contributed his time for free.
“It’s not every day you get the chance to collaborate with artists of Dan’s calibre so we wanted to support the project in any way we could,” he said.
Ellenbrook ward councillor Cate McCullough said it was important to get behind ventures like these.
“Not only does it look incredible, it helps to boost the profile of area and paves the way for more street art like it in the area.”
The mural is visible from Main Street in Ellenbrook. For more information on Dan Newso and his residency, go to http://www.newso.co.uk/