Byford’s local identity reflected in new public artwork
Byford’s natural environment has been reflected in an artwork installed on the eastern and northern walls of the new Repco building located on the corner of South Western Highway and Beenyup Road.
Nile Enterprises commissioned WA artist Melski McVee to install the artwork, which features a stylised red-tail black-cockatoo sitting on the branch of a gum tree.
Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale President Michelle Rich said council officers worked with developer Nile Enterprises and Repco to achieve an outcome which enhanced the aesthetics of the building.
Cr Rich said the artwork reflected Byford’s local identity and connection with the environment.
“Both Nile Enterprises and Repco have been very enthusiastic participants in the discussions about the public art for the site,” Cr Rich said.
“We hope the community embraces this artwork and are confident that it will improve the amenity of the Byford town centre.”
Nile Enterprise Property Acquisition Manager Malek Vahdat said it was proud of the artwork, which provided warmth to the building.
“We are active members of the Byford community and have always wanted to create a stand out development in the town centre that everyone can enjoy and be proud of,” Mr Vahdat said.
Ms McVee’s experience is in the realms of community art, murals, sculpture and illustration.
Her work is simultaneously whimsical and personal and reflects cultural and historic elements of the locations in which they are painted.