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Merredin’s Power Boxes Receive Face Lift From Local Youth

Published on Monday, 20 January 2020 at 10:18:46 AM

The youth in Merredin have embarked on a three-day long project to paint Western Power Boxes around town.

The project was a collaboration between the Shire of Merredin and Avon Community Services. One box was painted each day, and took around 2-4 hours to finish, depending on the design. The vibrant artworks were designed by Merredin College Students with AIEO Chrissi Smith and Chaplain Bronwyn Mckane. The painting workshops were run by artist Brandon Watson. Brandon also lead the workshop for the Drug Aware Mural in Apex park last January.

Western Power encourages the boxes to be painted, in order to mitigate the impacts of vandalism in the community. The concept behind this is that by providing a blank canvas for youth and artists to express their creativity they are less likely to tag or graffiti.

Keep an eye our for the 3 painted boxes, which you can find located near the Cummins Theatre, Newfield’s Car Park and at Merredin College. There are still more Western Power Boxes to be painted, so if you are interested in participating in this project next time, listen out for more information.

The Shire of Merredin would like to thank the sponsors Collgar and Lotterywest for their ongoing contribution to Youth Programs.

By Hannah Martin

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