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Drive Thru Art Gallery 

This page is your guide to external public artworks that have been commissioned by or for the City of Cockburn. Public artwork in this instance refers to art that is located in the community rather than in galleries and museums.

The Drive Thru Art Gallery project saw more than thirty artworks, from simple bus shelters to large sculptural pieces commissioned within the City over a two year period. The project illustrated how art can be used to develop community morale and spirit whilst enhancing the aesthetic of the built environment. 

Art is a powerful way for communities to express themselves and Cockburn's diverse community and their stories provided fertile creative ground for the artists who worked closely with different communities to help tell their stories.

The project attracted a range of young people from diverse backgrounds including recent migrants with non-English speaking backgrounds, Aboriginal youth and other commonly marginalised groups. Their involvement gave them an opportunity for positive participation in a community building activity with transferable skills and ongoing benefits to them and the wider community. 

The Drive Thru artworks and all other works commissioned within the City have contributed to the community's sense of vitality of life. Whether the artwork is provocative or contemplative, public art is integral to our understanding and appreciation of our own and other cultures.

The Drive Thru Art Gallery project has been assisted by numerous funding bodies to develop a large outdoor art gallery throughout the City of Cockburn.

Residents of the City and project participants feel that the enhanced appeal of the areas in which the art works feature is positive to development, growth and community feeling, thus these artworks have become owned by the community who take pride in their participation in the Drive Thru Art Gallery project.

The City of Cockburn's mission statement to make the City "the best place to live work and visit in the metropolitan area" is enhanced by the City's embracing art within the community making the City an ideal place to meet, interact and communicate.


WHERE   St Michaels Church Mell Rd
WHAT Pizza Oven
WHO Artist Shanti George assisted by St Michael Youth group and Church Regulars
HOW The first project completed as part of the Drive Thru Art Galley Project saw local community mosaic artist, Shanti George, and the local church youth group and church members work together to design and painstakingly place the tiled pieces onto the youth group built pizza oven. The result is a fantastic design that depicts the glorious parity of night and day.



   Azelia Rd
WHAT  Music Shell
WHO  Artist Martin Phillips assisted by   Street Arts -  Mission Australia Work for the Dole Team
HOW The Manning Park Sound Shell has been painted in the glorious colours of a sunset. The Sound Shell was designed and painted by Mission Australias Work for the Dole program "Street Arts" team. The lead artist involved in the artwork said decorating the shell worked to dispel a commonly believed legend that Manning Park is haunted by bringing the colours of the sunset into this darkness to create a happier vibe.



   Azelia Rd
WHAT  Entrance Wall to Manning Park (Southern entrance)
WHO  Artist Lorraine Burke assisted by
South Metropolitan Personnel, Dalmatinac Club, Follow the Dream Students Hamilton SHS and Port Community School
HOW Manning Park is a favourite spot for many locals who enjoy the beautiful park and the amenities on offer. To make the journey to the park more special artist Lorraine Bourke worked with several groups of young people to develop a mural that depicts journeys, the natural environment and the role of the community within this journey. The result is a bright and cheerful mural on the southern entrance to the park.



4.  SPEARWOOD    Sculpture   WEST WARD
   Council Administration Centre, Coleville Crescent Spearwood
WHAT  The Market Gardeners
WHO Artist Jenny Dawson & Tony Pankiw and Spearwood Alternative School & Spearwood Primary School & St Jeromes Primary School
HOW The artwork has been sited in the council grounds To recognise the contribution made by the pioneers of Cockburn many of whom were market gardeners and fruit growers. In 1954 the Fruit Growers and Market Gardeners Association sold part of the land to the City for 500 pounds including a large parcel of land handed over free on the provision that the city provide a community hall for the locals.

The sculpture consists of two metal figures surrounded by an oval of handmade image tiles.

Artist Jenny Dawson worked with metal artist Tony Pankiw who fabricated the metal figures to the design and specifications. Students at local schools St Jeromes, Phoenix Primary School and Spearwood Alternative School assisted with the tile designs.



WHERE   Phoenix Road (near Southwell Entrance)
WHO  Artist Nathan Strahan in collaboration with Tony Jones assisted by
final year sculpture students Perth College of Art and Historical Society of Cockburn
HOW The installations on Phoenix Road represent the growth of the western suburbs of Cockburn from its early market gardening and rural usage through to the huge shipbuilding industry on our coast and future industry.
Well known and respected sculptor Tony Jones approached the City for the opportunity to develop an art project within the City and was assisted by students that had to undertake study and research to come up with designs that reflected the character of Spearwood and the western suburbs. Emerging artist Nathan Strahans design was chosen, manufactured and installed.



WHERE   Rockingham Rd near Davilak Rd
WHAT  Bus Shelter
WHO  Artist Dan Duggan & Minaxi May assisted by Hamilton Senior High School
HOW Working with students designs from Hamilton Senior High School Dan and Minaxi created a colourful interpretation of ongoing development and transport routes within the City.



WHERE   Ralston Road
WHAT  Bus Shelter
WHO  Artist Dan Duggan & Minaxi May assisted by Follow the Dream Students at Hamilton Senior High School
HOW As part of the NAIDOC week celebration, Dan and Maxxi worked with Hamilton High School "Follow the Dream" students to develop a design for a bus stop on Ralston Road that honours and celebrates Aboriginal people and their unique cultural heritage.



WHERE   Dodd & Simm St
WHAT  Shopping Centre Wall
WHO  Artist Martin Phillips assisted by Street Arts -  Mission Australia Work for the Dole Team
HOW The mural for the Hamilton Hill Shopping Centre was designed and painted by participants of Mission Australias Work for the Dole program "Street Arts" team. The artwork that was chosen by residents and features a Willy Wagtails bird mimicking shoppers as it forages for sticks in the wetlands of Cockburn to the waves.



WHERE   Dodd & Simm St
WHAT  terrazzo Seats near local phone boxes
WHO  Artist Martin Phillips assisted by Street Arts - Mission Australia Work for the Dole Team
The contemporary terrazzo seats were designed by local artist Martin Phillips and his Work for the Dole team in response to a concern by local resident Georgia Catralli about the lack of amenities for people waiting to use the public phone boxes at Hamilton Hill Georgia approached the City and applied for a grant to assist with material costs. The result was the functional and appealing seating.



   Cafferey Place Southwell
WHAT  large Mural on wall of Community Centre
WHO  Artist Dan Duggan assisted by local Southwell young people
HOW Working with local young people Dan Duggan developed a series of related themes about the area and melded them together to create a striking mural.


WHERE   In the water off CY OConnor Beach, North Coogee
WHAT  Bronze Statue of CY OConnor riding his horse in the surf
WHO  Artist Tony Jones
HOW Voted WAs most popular public art piece, the CY OConnor bronze statue is located about 30 metres off the beach at the spot where it is said that the engineer took his own life in 1902. Dedicated to the amazing engineering contributions made by CY OConnor to the state of Western Australia, the statue reflects the other great love of OConnor his passion for horse riding along the beach.

The City of Cockburn renamed the beach CY OConnor beach in recognition of the life and work of CY OConnor.



WHAT  Human Race 
WHO  Artist Tony Jones
HOW  Tony Jones artwork Human race takes the form of metal fencing, gates and wind veins. The fencing runs in two long lines spaced according to the dimensions of the original cattle race. The fencing on both sides features metal cut out shapes of cattle. The work has a strong linear spatial presence. Walkers and bike riders can stop and explore the work and engage with it - look at it, walk throughout it, climb on it. The piece follows part of the line of the original race that ran from the jetty to the slaughter yards and is made of recycled fencing salvaged from the original structure


   Powell Rd Reserve
WHAT  Mosaic
WHO  Artist Toogar Morrison and Lora Scampoli assisted by
Follow the Dream Students from Hamilton Senior High School, Coogee Primary School, seniors groups from Coolbellup, community members
HOW  Designed by Nyoongar artist Toogar Morrison and assisted by mosiac specialist Lora Scampoli, the Nyoongar dreaming story of the spotted frog and the sea eagle is depicted in a mosaic on the lawned area of Coogee Beach reserve. The shade shelters that line the western edge of the lawned area depict stories from different cultures. Two banner poles have also been installed to carry local art and to promote local events.


WHERE   Located in Powell Rd, Cockburn Road, Mayor Rd, Amity Rd, Coogee Lake (Western end), Arlington Loop, King Street.
WHAT  Heritage Markers
WHO Artist Jahne Rees assisted by Historical Society of Cockburn and Enrolled Pensioner Guards special interests Group
HOW A series of tall limestone columns that host  steel sculptures depicting different activities that have occurred in Coogee since European settlement. On each column is an information panel describing different aspects of Coogee such as the lighthouse, dancing at Coogee beach, farming activities, the hotel, horse racing etc.



WHERE   Counsel Ave & Cordelia Ave
WHAT  Bus Shelters (4)
WHO  Artist Dan Duggan & Minaxi May assisted by Coolbellup Community Association & Hamilton Senior High School
HOW Students from Hamilton Senior High School worked with artists Dan Duggan and Minaxi May to create some fun designs for drab bus stops in Coolbellup. The result is professional and visually striking urban artworks that light up Coolbellup.



WHERE   Coolbellup Shopping Centre Cnr Counsel and Cordelia Ave
WHAT  Wall Mosaic
WHO  Artist Chris Jones assisted by Coolbellup Community Association, Coolbellup Community School, local residents and their children
HOW Students from Coolbellup Community School worked with artist Chris Jones to develop images that reflect their life and community. These were then used to create some fun designs that were then created using mosaics onto striking wall panels that adourn the shopping centre.



WHERE   sited around Bibra Lake in three locations
1. Opposite Adventure World 2. Around playground opposite Style Court
3. on pathway near Native Arc.
WHAT  Terrazzo seating
WHO Artist Jahne Rees assisted by City of Cockburn Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Aboriginal Elder Patrick Hume and Native Arc.
HOW  This installation consists of small clusters of organic concrete forms with surfaces finished in terrazzo with laser cut motifs representing the major plant, animal and other themes around Bibra Lake that provide visually appealing and functional artworks at a popular recreational site.



WHERE   Bibra Lake
WHAT  Seat of Concrete and hand made Ceramic tiles
WHO Audrey and Arif Satar
HOW  This installation on the banks of Bibra Lake is part of a three piece multicultural project showcasing the Portuguese and other migrants and their stories.

The seat allows the viewer to sit in the migrants shoes and the tiles on the installation tell in pictures and words the stories of the migrants and how they settled in a new land.

Cockburn has the highest population of Portuguese migrants of any metropolitan centre and this artwork acts to bridge cultural gaps and foster understanding between cultures.



   North Lake Road
WHAT  Community Banner Poles
WHO Various local artists
HOW  The banner poles on North Lake Road are an ever-changing display work by local artists. The poles display banner works by different individual artists or groups created during community art workshops. The City commissions several banners each year and the display is regularly updated.



WHERE   Discovery Drive
WHAT  Recycled Timber, Concrete, stainless steel
WHO Malcolm McGregor
HOW  The three artworks draw on a theme of regeneration to echo the philosophy of sustainability. These values are reinforced by the use of local plant species and the recycling of cleared timber from the site. The three 7.5metre artworks are located in the dual carriageway at the entrance to the subdivision. Their simple yet detailed form suggests the germination of a new plant of leaf shoots.



WHERE   Yangebup Road and Osprey Drive
WHAT  Bus Shelters (5)
WHO  Artist Dan Duggan & Minaxi May assisted by Yangebup Progress Association and Intensive English Students Northlake Senior Campus
HOW Artists, Dan Duggan and Minaxi May, have come together with African, Korean, Chinese and Afghani students from North Lake Senior Campus Intensive English class to develop designs that celebrate culture to adourn five bus shelters along Yangebup Road and Osprey Drive.   A selection of designs were presented to members of the Yangebup Progress Association that chose the shelters designs.



WHERE   Little Rush Lake
WHAT  Time Poles a series of steel poles
WHO  Artist Chris Maple
HOW This installation on the shore of Little Rush Lake represents the intertwining of various cultures through growth and conflict. The rhythm of each pole is reflexive of a culture depicting their struggles and achievements.

The Artwork plays on the elements of earth and water and relates to the wetlands.



WHERE   Little Rush Lake
WHAT  The Guardians & the Waugal
WHO  Artist Sharyn Egan & Mick Counsellor
HOW  Growing up camping in the bush land surrounding Little Rush Lake, artist Sharyn Egan has a very close link to the area where her artwork has been installed. Sharyns installation uses layers of paint and colour and the figures within to represent the ongoing custodianship of the place, past present and future.

Mick Counsellors installation in the bush land near Little Rush Lake explores the myth of the Waugal, the giant serpent who local Aboriginal people believed appeared during the dreamtime. Its body formed the rivers, lakes, gorges and valleys. The serpent also provided the animals, birds and plants in these areas.



WHERE   Parke Rd
WHAT  Concrete Tank
WHO Melanie Evans, Toogar Morrison, Nicky Stone & Claire Bailey assisted by Mater Christi Primary School, Lakeland SHS, Hamilton SHS & Community participants
HOW A disused concrete tank on the northern side of Yangebup Lake was given a new lease on life when community members came together to tell their stories to four local artists. The artwork shows the traditional stories of the local Bibblemum tribes and also the European settlement where local school children quizzed their parents and grandparents on their personal journeys.



WHERE   Parke Rd
WHAT Sheep sculptures    Flock of Sheepish Grins
WHO Lesley King assisted by Michael Arnold and students from Yangebup Primary School.
HOW A flock of ceramic sheep have taken up residence alongside Yangebup Lake. Created by artist Lesley King, these sheep are a humorous interpretation and reminder of the wool scouring operation that occurred at Yangebup Lake from the 1920s until the 1990s. The sheep have hand made tiles on their backs telling the history of the lake.



WHERE   East Beeliar Community Centre
WHAT Street art mural
WHO Lesley King assisted by Local Beeliar Young people
HOW The new community centre at Beeliar was an ideal location to encourage young people in the area to consider themselves and how they belonged in the community. Working with artist Lesley King, youths explored themes that looked at their local community and living together in a community made up of many different people from different backgrounds and beliefs.



WHERE   Beeliar Drive (Western end)
WHAT  Railway Abutment Bridge
WHO  Chandy Pendergrast and Aran Cummins Devereaux assisted by
Beeliar Residents Advancement Group and Emmanuel Catholic College
HOW Artwork students form Emmanuel Catholic College, under the guidance of their art teacher Nicole Ryan, undertook to develop designs for the Beeliar Railway abutment bridge, identified by residents at an ideal artspace. The designs were then taken to the Beeliar Residents Advancement Group for selection and given to local artists Chandy Pendergrast and Aran Cummins Devereaux to develop further. The students also cut out stencils of themselves to be included on the wall as part of the finished artwork.



WHERE   Spearwood Ave (Near Beeliar Rd roundabout)
WHAT  Cultivate Sister City installation
WHO Dawn and Phillip Gamblen and local Croatian community representatives.
HOW The inspiration for this artwork finds its roots in the rich pioneering history of market gardening that is common to both the City of Cockburn and its Sister City Split in Croatia. Each of the three individual metal sculptures works with its neighbours to create a strong, bold eye catching artwork. A bold checkerboard pattern found on the Croatian flag and the Split coat of arms are a prominent recurring design motif. Linear cutouts within the checks depict cross sectioned slices of crops traditionally grown in a market garden. The sculpture connects the roots put down by our Croatian pioneers in the new soil of Australia and cultivates the growth of a City from early beginnings.



WHERE   Cnr Berrigan and Elderberry Drive South Lake
WHAT  OASIS an Aluminum Sculpture
WHO Artist Gary Aitken & Sophie Zilinski assisted by Lakeland High School, Connecting South Lake Residents Group
HOW This project was commissioned after the South Lake Community expressed a desire for their community to be recognised with an entry statement.

This Artwork measures more than 5 metres tall and represents the Ibis, a unique waterbird that lives in the South Lake area, accompanied by reeds and watched over by a single star.

 The overall semi circle design is based on the shape of a radiating sun with the sculptural elements radiating out from the centre.
The semi circle also represents the lake with Ibis and the reeds on the waters edge next to the Ibis is a star.

In consultation with Connecting South Lake Association, South Lake Primary School and Lakelands High School the artists came up with the final design.
This project was value added by partnering with Fremantle Arts Centre and Alcoa Australia. As well as providing the aluminium for the project Alcoa also allowed the artist to work with Alcoa apprentices to weld and fabricate the aluminium for the structure. 



   Cockburn Central
WHAT  Steel sculpture
WHO Malcolm McGregor
HOW This artwork was commissioned by Landcorp as part of its development at Cockburn Central.
Along with the stand alone sculptural elements that are sited in the town square area near the train station there is are a series of pavement design elements that allow the viewer to move through the space and to discover and make their own links to the area. The theme used in this artwork looks at sustainability and connections or links to place.



WHERE   Northern side of the lake, Aurora Drive Atwell
WHAT  Section made of Corten steel
WHO Artists Ben Jones and Buffy Hallam
HOW This artwork draws inspiration from the rich physical elements of construction that occur in a new development and the interaction of this activity to the natural environment.



WHERE   Eastern side of the lake, Aurora Drive Atwell
WHAT Interleaf construction made of powder coated interwoven steel pipes
WHO Artist Dawn Gamblen
HOW This interactive sculpture was inspired by the reeds and sedges that grow naturally in the nearby lake. Working on the principal that the reeds and sedges filter nutrients in the lake, Interleaf filters light through the interwoven steel pipes that is then filtered through the artwork to present an ever changing pattern of shadows in and around the work. The shadows reflect the ever changing elements of nature and the ongoing changes in the development of the land from bush land to rural to urban.



WHERE   Eco Park at Harvest Lakes  Atwell
WHAT CSI Look Listen & Imagine Powder coated mild steel
WHO Artist Louise Josephs
HOW The purpose of this artwork is to engage the viewer, and user of Eco Park, actively on the site. The artworks consist of three framed structures that allow the viewer to define a view or reference.

This glimpse of the park encourages the viewer to remember the past inhabitants, observe environmental changes and appreciate the present.



WHERE   Western side of the lake, Aurora Drive Atwell
WHAT Elemental Harvest - Steel
WHO Artist Rima Zabaneh
HOW Elemental Harvest explores the importance of water to sustainability The stylized eucalyptus leaves rise from the water like germinating seeds drawing attention to the new life made possible by water. Locating the work in the water allows us to watch the rise and fall of the water levels and the interaction this has on the artwork as some pieces are submerged in the wetter months and then reemerge in summer.



WHERE   Wall dividing Harvest Lakes from Kwinana Freeway Zodiac Loop Atwell
WHAT Above and Below Steel cutouts mounted on a rendered wall
WHO Artist Tunya Versluis
HOW The primary focus of this piece was to create an artwork that reflects the environmental focus of the Harvest Lakes community and that encapsulates the feeling of vitality and growth. Inspiration came from the restoration of the Harvest Lakes degraded wetlands which have once again become important habitats and nutritional filters.



WHERE   Grassed area cnr Harvest Lakes Blvd & Harmony Ave. Atwell
WHAT Steel Stack for Harvest Lakes mild steel
WHO Artist Jennifer Cochrane
HOW The Freestanding perpendicular form has been created by stacking triangle shapes over an internal frame giving the artwork strength and the idea that each part is important to the whole. This artwork describes ecosystems and communities as having many integral parts, each dependant on the other to exist. This is highlighted through the repeated stacking of an element to encourage the viewer to consider how they as individuals are important to the whole of the community.




WHERE   Eastern side of Eco Park Aurora Dve Atwell
WHAT The Oscillidex Copper Sheet
WHO Artist Louise Morrison and Matt Dickmann
HOW This work is an installation of five forms tethered to the bed of the lake at Eco Park Inspiration for the forms was from seeds collected in the park, drawing attention to the natural forms within the environment. The artwork makes comment on the passing seasons through the changes in the water levels and climatic changes such as wind and rain.




   Harvest Lakes Community Centre, Harmony Drive Atwell
WHAT Mosaic
WHO Artist Lesley King
HOW Working with the local school children and exploring the idea of sustainability and water conservation Lesley King has created a mosaic using hand made tiles in a series of circles.




WHERE   Across the City at local events and activities
WHAT  Neighbourhood Watch Caravan
WHO Artist Dan Duggan assisted by Mark Jones, Cain Della Maddalena and David Do
HOW The Cockburn Neighbourhood Watch caravan stands out brightly with a mural of colourful and vibrant characters spreading the message of a friendly neighborhood  encouraging community inclusiveness. Dan Duggan, a community artist and several high school kids from the City of Cockburn and City of Fremantle created the image for the caravan.




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