Art to liven up skate park

Aiden BoyhamSound Telegraph

A talented group of eight young Kwinana residents have put their artistic skills to the test, creating a series of sculptural seats for the new Edge Skatepark.

The youngsters were guided by local artists Scott Daly and Lesley Barrett, with the group carving the seats from timber logs salvaged in the area.

Over several works the logs were developed at Ngulla Farm in Casuarina, with the artworks designed to not only be functional, but to also bring a sense of place and identity to a space which sees a number of young people in Kwinana spend their time.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said she hoped the young people were immensely proud of their work. “This group has worked hard to create beautiful and functional artworks that will be enjoyed by the community for many years to come,” she said.

“With the popularity of the Edge Skatepark, I’m sure these seats will be well used and become a much-loved feature of the space.”

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Soon the seats will be moved to their home in the shade of the trees at the skate park. Awards were presented to the participants of this project by Ms Adams at a celebration at Ngulla Farm on August 31. The $1.5 million Edge Skatepark is one of the largest skating facilities in WA and features a competition-level bowl, street section, beginners area, parkour obstacles and a basketball half-court. The Edge Skatepark is located at Calista Oval alongside the Kwinana Adventure Park and opposite the Zone Youth Space.

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