Media Statements | 7 September 2021

Native plants, birds and animals have been captured in vibrant colour in the first community-collaborated public art piece to be completed within the new High Wycombe Station precinct.

As part of the Ibis Place Youth Art Project, a group of 11 young people from the Kalamunda area worked alongside artist Haylee Fieldes, working under the artist name Fieldey, to brainstorm, design and install the large outdoor mural as part of the Forrestfield-Airport Link project.

The 40m-long wall at Ibis Place, which is within the station site, is now adorned with a range of native flora and fauna including a giant cockatoo, magpie and kangaroo, providing a striking entry statement.

PTA spokesman David Hynes said the project was part of the Right Track program, which worked to foster a positive relationship between youth, Perth’s public transport network and the people who work on it.

“The group of young people involved in this project discussed what best represented their community and what would best suit this space, and this eye-catching piece of artwork is what eventuated,” he said.

“The final design replicates the train journey home those in the Kalamunda area will take along the Airport Line.

“As you look at the mural from left to right, it morphs from working in the city with its geometric buildings and shapes in to a more nature-heavy scene with native animals - celebrating coming home to the hills at the end of the day.”

The project is a collaboration between the Public Transport Authority’s Right Track program and the City of Kalamunda.

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