Abstract mural the eighth to be added to Perth’s growing street art scene

A new mural at the Hay Street Mall is the eighth to be added to Perth’s growing street art scene.

The mural – created by local aboriginal artist and educator Jade Dolman – is the latest in a series commissioned by the City of Perth to help breathe new life into the CBD’s under-used spaces.

The abstract artwork named Gooloogoolup embodies the cultural significance of Lake Kingsford and Lake Irwin.

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The two former swamps – originally around Yagan Square, Perth Arena and the Perth train station – were important to the Noongar people to gather and source food.

Ms Dolman’s piece is the eighth mural to be completed as part of the City’s Retail Core Refresh project which aims to revitalise the city malls to make them more welcoming and inviting.

The project has allowed for new furniture, improved street lighting and wayfinding signage, as well as the installation of extra power outlets for events in the city.

Murals were also installed within the Murray Street Mall laneways, as well as off William Street, with Ms Dolman’s latest piece located at 722-728 Hay Street Mall.

Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said the city’s investment in street art had many benefits to both the community and business.

“Since 2019, we’ve supported 14 murals that have brightened buildings and laneways throughout the city,” he said.

“As well as helping to improve safety, they’ve become popular attractions for people to photograph and share on social media.

“This is great promotion for the city and helps support local businesses – including street art walking tours that give people the opportunity to discover more about the history and heritage of Perth.”

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