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Public Art

Public art can tell stories, celebrate, beautify, inspire, connect, engage, and educate. Public art can both express and create our identity.

Art has an important role in realising our vision for a welcoming and thriving City. Below are some of the artworks in the City.

There are some new and exciting public art projects currently underway in the City, so check back here regularly for the latest news.

Transmission box murals

Pictured left-to-right:

  • Warwick Park by Mel McVee (2023). Corner of Walpole and Warwick streets, Bentley.
  • Chapman Park by Brenton See (2023). Corner of Ashburton St and Chapman Road, Bentley.
  • Dumond Park by Mel McVee (2023). Corner of Dumond and Walpole streets, Bentley.
Three transmission boxes that have been colourfully painted with birds and flowers
A mural of a bird with the word HUB

Bentley Hub mural

Artist: Brenton See (2019)
Location: Bentley Hub, Hedley Place and Manning Road, Bentley.

Inspired by the native Western Australian flora and fauna.

Clifton Park mural

Artists: Brenton See and Mel McVee (2009)
Location: Clifton Park, Clifton Rd, Canning Vale.

Each flower featured in the mural depicts those found in the surrounding bushland, with the aim of encouraging people to go and seek the beauty that exists on their doorstep.

A total of 25 flora and fauna species including a western grey kangaroo, cockatoos, an egret and a boobook owl are on display, alongside golden wreath wattles, swamp tea tree, gorgeous blue lady and cowslip orchids. There are even four small native insect species hidden in the mural to encourage exploration and discovery.

Clifton Park mural

Wharf Street Basin mural

Artists: J. D Penangke and Brenton See (2020)
Location: Wharf Street, Cannington.

This artwork blends Aboriginal art and Western Australian flora and fauna to pay homage to water as a source of life.

As seasons changed, Whadjuk Noongar people followed water as a source of life. Travelling across land, their journeys started and ended in the same place. The change of seasons and movement of water is also important for the lifecycle of animals and plants that live in and around water.

More information about Wharf Street Basin.

The mural as described above.
Birds and flowers painted on a brick wall

Coker Park mural

Artist: Mel McVee (2018)
Location: Coker Park on change room walls. Wharf Street, Cannington.

Mel McVee and visual arts teacher, Ms Louwellyn Gossi, and her Year 10 Art and Drawing students of Cannington Community College designed and painted this mural at Coker Park.

The artwork was painted as part of the State Graffiti fund - WA Police. The Coker Park Urban Art Initiative aims to educate the participants about the true cost of graffiti to the community.

Jewel de la Mer

Jewel de la Mer

Artist: Ben Fasham (2013)
Location: Cannington Leisureplex.

A pearl is the jewel of the sea. Materials, texture and balance are the inspiration for the artist's work. “Jewel de la Mer” has developed from combining flowing wave-like forms. These flowing wave-like forms encircle a patinated sphere. Acquired from Sculptures by the Sea.

The Ouro

Artist: Lorena Grant (2009)
Location: Administration Building, 1317 Albany Highway, Cannington.

The Ouro reflects a perspective and understanding of nature as a ‘cyclic’ form. Inspiration was taken from the constructed wetlands surrounding the building something of a ‘return’ to what was at the site in the past, a naturally occurring wetland. The spiral is a most ancient symbol, found on every inhabited continent and it most likely speaks of the life, death and rebirth cycle. Other elements it reflects include the hypnotic, biological evolution, the spiral structure of the galaxy and universal evolution. It is used in Aboriginal art as a symbol of flowing water and the Ouroboros or snake eating its own tail represents the same events occurring over and over – cyclicality.

The poetry imbedded in the base of the work is by from the poem Little Gidding (No 4 of 'Four Quartets') by T. S. Eliot and speaks of return to the beginning.

The Ouro sculpture
Town Hall Railings

Town Hall Railings

Artist: Peter Zappa (2010)
Location: Old Town Hall, corner of Albany Highway and George Street West, Cannington.

The artist was given creative freedom to undertake the work, whilst keeping in mind the heritage location and history of the site. The final product was a whimsical aesthetic treatise on the site and its former uses.

The Focal

Artist: Jahne Rees (2010)
Location: Administration Building, 1317 Albany Highway, Cannington.

The Focal sculpture was inspired by the previous ‘Above All - Service’ motto and the general culture and heritage of the City and the specific site location. The themes explored connect the historical use of the site (as a nursery) and express the current and ongoing role of the City in the life of the community. Parallels between the function of the nursery and how the City provides the facilities; the elements of growth; and caters to the community’s needs for it to grow and prosper.

The work is intended to evoke a range of interpretations, but will certainly communicate notions such as the fertile earth nurturing the seed, a sense of opening and striving upward in a symbiotic relationship of mutual support and growth. The contrasting qualities of the two materials used also present a strong sense of duality: the old and the new, the delicate and the strong, the solid and the fluid, the static and the kinetic, and the transient and eternal. The two forms interact and complement one another.

The Focal sculpture
A footbridge with a unique steel side

Bridge at Administration Building

Artists: Mark Datodi and Steve Tepper (2009)
Location: Rear of the Administration Building at 1317 Albany Highway, Cannington.

A simple design for the footbridge balustrades consisting of plates of steel, describing in silhouette the patterns created by ripples on the surface of the lake. Mark and Steve emphasised that the use of colour will be important in enhancing the role of the bridge as a point of reference within the park.

Small murals hanging from a fence, each showing the local nature

Student murals

Artist: Cannington Community College – Year 10 Art Students (2020)
Location: Wharf Street, Cannington.

The students learnt about the themes of biodiversity, water and Noongar culture – the themes reflected in the Wharf St mural – in workshops and then incorporated these into their own artwork designs.

Project funded by a Department of Communities Youth Engagement Grant.

Lest We Forget

Artist: Susanna Castleden (2016)
Location: 1317 Albany Highway, Cannington.

Susanna Castleden was interested in how the consequence and effect of global mobility has changed the way we see and perceive the world, and how this has necessitated alternative ways of visualising our position within it.

The Canning War Memorial carries texts and material elements that aim to physically and conceptually engage with reflection and pause. The highly polished black granite provides a surface on which to carry both historical and contemporary texts, as well as reflect the presence of the viewer and the surrounding environment. The placement of texts asks the viewer to move through the space as they encounter the words ,and orientates our gaze to connecting elements of the site. Overall, it is hoped the project provides a place to pause and reflect on the reality of war and the desire for peace.

A stone which says Lest We Forget
Velocity artwork


Artist: Rick Vermey and Daniel Giuffre (2020)
Location: 17 Pattie Street, Cannington.

In response to the property’s name, “Velocity”, the artists created and developed artwork ideas exploring velocity as a theme, which is inspired by movement such as wind, water and traffic flows. Developer funded public art.

Cecil Ave art

Cecil Ave art

Artist: Anne Neil (2020)
Location: 14 Cecil Ave, Cannington.

This artwork is inspired by water reflections that break up and change as the wind moves over the surface – creating a beautiful celebration of nature and of wind and water.

While the artwork emulates the source material (water patterns), it is abstract and allows for many readings. Developer funded public art.

Colourful shape mural

Telstra building mural

Artist: Leanne Bray (2016)
Location: 1329 Albany Hwy, Cannington.

This artwork reminds the viewer of the makeup of the City of Canning as a multicultural and vibrant place to live along with the Telstra Corporation's theme of 'Connectivity-we bring people together'.

Kalla Wirin Gnaark Boodjar - Fire Spirit Mother Country

Artists: Tjalaminu Mia, Deanne Tann and Brenton See (2021)
 Queens Park Recreation Centre facing Treasure Road.

The vision for this mural is by artist Tjalaminu Mia and her daughter Deanne Tann, both from the Sister Kate's Home Kids Aboriginal Cooperation. Artist Brenton See helped bring this vision to life on the wall of the Queens Park recreation centre facing Treasure Road.

Kalla Wirin Gnaark Boodjar celebrates the cultural under STORY of Country: fire spirit of mother country - regenerating not only of caring for the land within the Noongar Six Seasons but all inclusive nurturing community connectedness and social harmony between peoples.

The artwork as described above.

Giant Western Dragonfly

Artists: Midnight Tuesday (Philip Gamblen, Dawn Gamblen and Peter Gee) (2019)
Location: 31 Webb Street, Rossmoyne.

The artwork is entitled Giant Western Dragonfly and is the only location on the Swan Coastal Plain where the largest dragonfly in WA, petalura hesperia has been recorded, and its small population is believed to be stable (Brooker and Rigo 2000).

Following the bike/pedestrian path west along Leach Highway into Bateman Park, there is a beautiful interpretive site called ‘Kaalitj-ngort Koondaam’.

This Noongar name translates into English as ‘Dragonfly Dreaming’. The name recognises the Brentwood Living Stream project, and the fact that Whadjuk Elders were overwhelmed with blue dragonflies on their first visit to the site. Developer funded public art.

Giant Western Dragonfly artwork as described
Wildly Australian mural

Wildly Australian mural

Artist: Wildly Australian (2019)
Location: 24 Chapman Road, St James.

Inspired by the native Western Australian flora and fauna.

Nesting Place and Fluid Movement

Artist: Chris Nixon (2021)
Location: Willetton Sports Precinct at Burrendah Park.

‘Nesting Place’ and a number of impressive artwork highlights that meander through the Skate Piazza, are collectively entitled ‘Fluid Movement’. Nixon began by photographing the paperbark and making line contour drawings that not only reference the swamplands of the past but track movement in ball games and the frequent visitors who now converge towards the stadium. These balanced with dynamic shapes and colours inspired by the surrounding architecture created a bespoke visual language that spoke directly to the theme of the artwork: Movement — Journey through Life.

The Artwork was financed by a developer contribution from Willetton Basketball Association and an equal contribution from the City. The Mural is on the Stadium building and the artwork is incorporated in the Community Piazza.

Nesting Place and Fluid Movement as described above.
Close to Home mural

Close to Home

Artist: Rachelle Dusting (2018)
Location: 60 Arlington Drive, Willetton.

Close to Home draws inspiration from a collection of iconic flora and fauna from within the City of Canning region, including Flooded Gum (Eucalyptus rudis), Firewood Banksia (Banksia attenuata) and the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii). Developer funded public art.

A willie wagtail sculpture

Sir Albert Jennings Park

Artists: Kidogo Arthouse worked with sculptor Thomas de Munk-Kirkmeer, in consultation with local Noongar artists, Sharyn and James Egan (2019)
Location: Sir Albert Jennings Park, Sandown Road, Willetton.

Native animals and plant sculptures at Sir Albert Jennings Park include Southern Boobook Owl, Western Bearded Dragon, Red Tailed Black Cockatoo, Willie Wagtail and Mallee Gum Nut.

The Waugal

Artist: Shane Pickett (year unknown)
Location: Kent St and Queens Park Rd, Wilson.

The Waugal (Rainbow Serpent) is etched into the concrete building directly outside the Canning River Café on Kent Street, Wilson.

It depicts the Waugal spirit as it moves through the landscape, creating the river during the Creation Time. Noongar creation stories depict the connection between all living things.
The artwork also features the native bulrush in the area.

The artwork was illustrated by the highly-acknowledged Noongar artist, the late Shane Pickett.

The Waugal
Castledare Sculpture

Castledare Sculpture

Artist: Ant Muia (2021)
Location: Corner Fern Road and Castledare Place, Wilson.

The Castledare sculpture used traditional stone-masonry techniques. The sculpture references the nearby historic Castledare Miniature Railway and Castledare home.

The curved section evokes an upturned rail bridge in both materiality and form. The glazed tiles embedded in the sculpture are similar to those on the nearby church and miniature golf course.

The Booyi artwork

Fern Park

Artists: Kidogo Arthouse worked with Aboriginal artists Turid Calgaret and Noeleen Hamlett (2014/15)
Location: Fern Park playground, Fern Road, Wilson.

The Nyigarn (Echidna), Moyoop (Snake) and Booyi (Long Necked Tortoise) were chosen to show the diversity of wildlife around Canning area and along the river.

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