Chapman Road rejuvenation project: Quirky art to brighten streetscape on main Geraldton road

Geraldton Guardian
Shah Jackey, Luke Barlow and Rachel Weaver.
Camera IconShah Jackey, Luke Barlow and Rachel Weaver. Credit: CoGG

The space on Chapman Road between Durlacher Street and Cathedral Avenue is soon to be transformed by some quirky, colourful and interactive artwork.

Art is high on the agenda as part of a pilot program to make that section of Chapman Road more pedestrian-friendly.

Artists Luke Barlow, Shah Jackey and Rachel Weaver, along with artists from Yamaji Art and local students, will all contribute pieces, which have been completed and are awaiting installation.

Artists were briefed for different elements, including planter boxes, wall designs made for a good “selfie” and window panels, under the theme of Ocean to Outback.

City of Greater Geraldton mayor Shane Van Styn said the designs were primed to be a popular go-to on Geraldton’s art trail.

“There will be beautiful images, lots of colour and something for everyone with selfie walls, Aboriginal artwork and a quirky interactive series for the kids,” he said.

“It’s amazing to see the revitalisation of our CBD continue and we’ve seen outstanding flow-on effects from the foreshore, through to Rocks Laneway — and now on to Chapman Road.

“Watch this space — it’s going to be very exciting.”

The City has teamed with RAC through its Reconnect WA initiative for the 12-month pilot project.

The works are set to start on Wednesday for about two weeks. The anticipated work hours are 7am to 6pm and traffic management will be in place during this time.

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