Maxi Artworks in Western Australia – all over the world

By Ida Penny (ANSA) – MANDURA, Dec 06 – The largest state on the Australian continent, Western Australia is showing its creative side with new projects and lavish art installations. The country, which Lonely Planet listed among its top destinations to visit in 2023 for its “Itineraries” category, has opened its “Environmentalists” to the public, massive wooden sculptures towering over Mandurah, a port city about an hour’s drive south of Perth. Created by Danish artist Thomas Dambo and standing five meters high, the statues symbolize protection of the environment, and each has its own personality, inspired by local history and society. Dambo artwork celebrates the diversity, beauty, and significance of nature through works created by hand using recycled materials. The artist’s vision is to create art that invites people to go on a journey of discovery, to experience adventures in nature and to prove that beautiful things can also be created from scraps. “We can create a whole world out of waste if we know what to do with it,” says Thomas Dumbo. “That’s why I build these projects with recycled materials and wood. I hope my work inspires others to be kinder to nature and our planet.”

Another outdoor art project is Inside Australia, 51 life-size steel sculptures spread over 10 square kilometers around the town of Menzies, a short walk from scenic Salt Lake Ballard. The works were created 20 years ago by sculptor Anthony Gormley and each one represents one of the 131 local residents. Completed in 2018, the ‘Public Silo Trail’ project has transformed industrial silos into an open-air public art gallery, connecting rural and coastal towns in the southern regions of Western Australia. Today the project is an art trail, off the busy tourist route, between Northam, Merden, Kattanning, Pengruppe, Newdegate, Ravensthorpe and Albany. The granaries are decorated with colorful murals that tell the story of the people and the local area and can be seen even from a great distance.

One of the largest murals in the world is located in Western Australia, more precisely in the town of Cooley, in the southwest, about two hours’ drive from Perth. Opened in April 2021, this 8,000-square-meter open-air artwork runs along the Wellington Dam and is located in the middle of an art trail, the Collier Mural Trail, which connects the dam to downtown Collier and Windsor. Along the way are 40 murals, created by more than 30 Australian artists, some of them originally from Cooley. The mural, titled “Reflections” by Guido van Helten, is inspired by some of the local community’s stories and photographs, particularly those that represent the cultural significance and significance of the waterways. The work constitutes the largest mural in the world created on the walls of a dam, and despite its majesty and primacy, the design integrates harmoniously with the surrounding environment because it was created with natural colors inspired by the local area.

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