Story by Kent Acott, The West Australian, Monday 18 December 2017
An art competition using street furniture as canvases has brought a touch of colour to a major revitalisation project in Perth’s east end. For the competition, 65 planter boxes and benches from Barrack to Irwin streets were painted with a WA theme by local artists.
The winner was a detailed depiction of a local bird on the wing by Curtin University graduate Clare McFarlane. The people’s choice award, determined by online voting, was won by James Giddy for his painting of a bandicoot.
Both winning entries were located outside the Miss Maud restaurant in Murray Street. Miss Maud hotel manager Claus Paulus said the artwork had attracted a lot of interest. “Miss Maud’s distinctive building and its Christmas displays always draw a lot of attention but what our hotel and restaurant staff enjoyed hearing were the questions from interstate and overseas hotel guests curious about the paintings, the wildflowers and the initiative,” he said.