Katanning is about to find out firsthand what happens when some of the State’s best artists transform the town’s streetscape throughout November. ‘PUBLIC in Katanning’ is month-long culture and art event delivered in partnership with Western Power and not-for-profit cultural organisation FORM.
PUBLIC in Katanning will showcase extraordinary local talent and international artists who will use walls and transformer boxes as blank ‘green’ canvasses for murals.
Western Power CEO Guy Chalkley said supporting the project was a great example of giving back to the communities where our people live and work, while supporting Katanning’s distinct identity with vibrant artworks.
“We are excited to be involved in PUBLIC in Katanning. It shows Western Power’s involvement beyond the services we provide. Our crews and families live in this community, with many actively involved in developing the project,” said Mr Chalkley.
“The creativity and designs are impressive and we’ll be exciting to see them throughout the community. It’s safe to say we’ll sticking to what we do best, keeping communities safely connected to reliable network power.”
PUBLIC in Katanning is part of FORM’s Silo Trail initiative, which paints a series of Western Power assets with murals created by talented Western Australian and international artists. The event includes workshops with local youth and The Core, an exhibition and special light painting performance by visiting international artist Karim Jabbari.
Western Power Katanning depot worker Rob Godfrey said he hopes the artwork and being part of the Silo Trail will attract people to the region and boost tourism, showing Katanning has a lot going for it.
“I’ve been out preparing the sites including stencilling ‘Watch This Space’ on the transformers, to let everyone know they’re about to get a major artistic overhaul,” said Mr Godfrey.
“We know people have been talking about the silos, but this project is going to bring the art right in to the heart of the neighbourhood for everyone to see. That’s what is really exciting for us.”
Collaborative art projects substantially lower visual vandalism in communities, which reduces the cost of graffiti removal across the network, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.