Ten young people and an artist have helpedthe City of Kwinana and local Medina residents with beautifying of the Medina Sheds.
Two months of planning and design went into the project from January to February at ‘The Zone’ youth group workshops.
The sheds behind the shops on Pace Road, originally built in the 1950s, were used as storage space for businesses but in recent years became an attraction for anti-social behaviour, with the council attempting to gain ownership of the sheds.
Local residents wanting to further beautify the areaapproached the City to engage local youth and an artist.
The City of Kwinana reached out to artist Nathan Hoyle to assist in running the workshops with local young people, to create colourful panels for each of the shed’s window spaces.
“It was a fun project, quirky but with heaps of good energy from the young people,” Mr Hoyle said.
Mr Hoyle said painting panels that could be attached to the existing windows was “a very unique solution to the situation”.
“Each panel is a result of mark making and pattern making; we would start with background shapes and then make some repeat-patterns over the top,” he said.
“We started borrowing ideas and design elements from each other, so the panels all relate. They all show signs of painting too.
“They aren’t perfect and you can see what each artist was thinking as they progressed with the artwork.”
Mayor Carol Adams said the Medina Sheds project was an evolving “place-making project” within the City.
The Medina Residents Group has worked alongside the City to progress the space, with art installations, murals, seating, and other arts and culture opportunities.
“Medina has a significant heritage value within the City and these placemaking projects honour that history while building a sense of community pride,” Ms Adams said.
“Six bright and joyful tints were used to ensure colour co-ordination and flow, and to complement the existing mural by artist Melski McVee that surrounds the Shed.”