Mandurah is filled with incredible public art but not all of it is as obvious as the silver metal heart sculpture on Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore. Hidden down laneways, on the pavement or on the facades of buildings, artworks are all around us in Mandurah and we’re going to help you find them.
1. STAINED GLASS WINDOW
Artist: Cottage Leadlighting
Located inside the Mandurah Visitor Centre, this artwork is a depiction of the Wagyl, or Rainbow Serpent, that controls the balance of water, guards the sacred landscapes and is shown surrounded by Mandurah’s aquatic flora and fauna.
2. MARINE WILDLIFE 3D ILLUSION PAINTING
Artist: Jenny McCracken
A remarkable depiction of Mandurah’s abundant marine wildlife jumps out from the pavement in front of the Mandurah Visitor Centre. This 3D illusion painting was created by 3D pavement artist Jenny McCracken.
3. SNAKES AND LADDERS
Artist: Lesley King & Dudley Park & Riverside Primary Schools & Community
Step onto a mosaic of the Snakes and Ladders game with playing instructions on hand-made tiles surrounding the installation near the Eastern Foreshore playground.
4. BONU-WONGIE – MESSAGE STICK
Artist: John Kelly & Coral Lowry
Two hands holding a message stick represents the invitation from the Winjan Aboriginal Community to the City of Mandurah to work together.
Artist: Pornchal & Th’awan
The Himvanta Forest of the Himalayas is inhabited by beautiful Kinnaree. These half-bird, half-women are renowned for their singing and dancing.
6. ARTY BIKE RACK
Artist: Gary Aitken
This sculpture is also a functioning public bike rack with cyclists invited to contribute by securing their bike to the decorative wheels.
7. YOU’VE GOT MAIL
Artist: Claire Bailey
In 1887 telegraph lines reached Mandurah and reduced the isolation of early settlers for whom The Post and Telegraph Office was an important
8. LADY BANANAS
Artist: Lady Bananas & Ladie Poise & Pore
This series of contemporary urban murals wrap round the building to form a colourful, engaging and eye catching modern artwork.
Artist: Anne Neil
Based on a line drawing of books and pencils, this cast work commemorates the opening of Mandurah’s first government school in 1900.
10. THE GUARDIAN
Artist: Celestin Hutchinson
Located outside the Mandurah Community Museum, this mural tells the story of the creation of the estuary, the lifeblood of the Bindjareb people.
Artist: Jerome Davenport, Blank Walls
Designed by Joe Wilson in 1915 in the nearby Agricultural Hall, the Leviathan only made eight voyages before disaster struck. The boat filled with water and sand when rough weather set in, ending her life only 2kms from when she was built at Soldier’s Cove. This artwork can be found outside the Mandurah Community Museum.
12. BLUE SWIMMER CRAB – 3D ILLUSION PAINTING
Artist: Jenny McCracken
Definitely the safest and one of the most fun ways to pose with Mandurah’s famous blue swimmer crabs. Walk across the Mandurah Bridge to view this interactive street art that was created by Australia’s most highly awarded pavement artist Jenny McCracken. Take a photo from the footprint for the best 3D effect.
13. WAR MEMORIAL
Artist: Hames Sharley
A place of reflection and tribute to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Inspired by the poem, ‘At the Going Down of the Sun’.
14. SPRING SWING
Artist: Tahnee Kelland
Thanks to the community-run organisation Shape Mandurah this laneway was transformed into a Mandurah Instagram hotspot. Head to Tuckey’s Lane and don’t forget to get your photo taken here.