By HANNAH MARTIN
The youth in Merredin embarked on a three-day long project to paint Western Power Boxes around town.
The project was a collaboration between the Shire of Merredin and Avon Community Services. One box was painted each day, and took around 2-4 hours to finish, depending on the design. The vibrant artworks were designed by Merredin College Students with AIEO Chrissi Smith and Chaplain Bronwyn Mckane. The painting workshops were run by artist Brandon Watson. Brandon also led the workshop for the Drug Aware Mural in Apex park last January.
Western Power encourages the boxes to be painted, in order to mitigate the impacts of vandalism in the community. The concept behind this is that by not providing a blank canvas for youth and artists to express their creativity they are less likely to tag or graffiti.
Keep an eye out for the three painted boxes, which you can find located near the Cummins Theatre, Newfields Car Park and Merredin College. There are still more Western Power Boxes to be painted, so if you are interested in participating in this project next time, listen out for more information.
The Shire of Merredin would like to thank the sponsors Collgar Wind Farm and Lotterywest for their ongoing contribution to Youth Programs.
Source; The Phoenix Newspaper, Merredin WA, 31st Jan 2020