By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on November 6, 2020
FIVE Indigenous artists recently joined forces to decorate two water tanks at the new Bunnings Albany site.
The 64-panel work was inspired by the region’s diverse sea life and Indigenous connection to country.
It was created thanks to the talents of Lyn Knapp, Michael Cummings, Tameka Cummings, Kathleen Toomath and Margaret Miller.
Commissioning artwork agent Dale Tilbrook said the artwork took on a life of its own after the initial concept was developed.
“Our original concept for the installation was for it to resemble a book of stamps, so that each section would be placed between the structure’s rivets,” she said.
“I did a lot of research on the wealth
of sea life in the local waters, and when the artists took inspiration from this, the artworks produced were quite extraordinary.”
The artwork incorporates a variety of sea animals, from humpback whales to blue-ringed octopus’, printed on vinyl panels sized 2200 x 1100mm.
The original artworks were painted to this size and printed by Indigenous company Sista Girl.
Bunnings Regional Operations Manager Hayley Coulson said she was excited to have the artwork ready for the new store’s opening.
“We’re really proud to have such incredible artwork from the local Minang artists as part of the new Bunnings Warehouse in Albany,” she said.
“The new store is on track to open by the end of 2020 and we can’t wait to welcome customers through the doors.”