Mural artwork progress
In December 2020, the R2P Project commissioned artist Sam Songailo to create an interconnecting public artwork mural on the precast concrete retaining walls and under-stair walls at the base of the pedestrian and cyclist overpass, over South Road near Pym Street.
The objective of delivering artwork to this high activity area is to create a vibrant, welcoming and distinctive place for the community that serves to enhance quality of life, public experience and community pride for residents and visitors.
The R2P Project followed the below commissioning process for developing the artwork:
- issued an artwork brief to the local art community for Expressions of Interest (EOI);
- engaged with the local community to gather artwork feedback via Social Pinpoint, artwork flyer distribution, email notification, R2P Project website and SitePodium; and
- shortlisted artists based on EOI criteria (incorporation of community feedback, safety, and previous artwork);
- held design meetings with shortlisted artists about community feedback and requirements, guidelines and considerations;
- held concept design presentation with shortlisted artists;
- selected the winning artist; and
- further collaboration with the chosen artist to develop the final design.
Sam’s concept design is inspired by community feedback and influenced by traditional textile designs and patterns from prominent local cultures. Sam weaved these designs into his signature style, to create a mural that expresses vibrancy, optimism and openness.
Sam has engaged fellow local artist Matt Fortrose to assist with the detailed delivery of the mural artwork across the multiple surfaces. Sam and Matt commenced painting on Monday, 1 February 2021, and expect to be completed by late-February 2021, weather permitting.
Visit the Community Artwork webpage for more detail on R2P Project community artwork.