East Freo pump station goes green – and blue, and yellow, and brown, and …

Have you spotted the colourful public artwork now adorning the brick wastewater pump station along Riverside Road in East Fremantle? If not, keep an eye out for it.

Credit Jean Hudson

Unveiled by Water Minister Dave Kelly last week, the building was transformed by Fremantle artist Nathan Hoyle as part of Water Corporation’s Splash of Colour program.

Colourful lines, shapes, and patterns adorn the previously indistinct pump station, all inspired by the Derbarl Yerrigan and symbolising the movement of Perth’s waterways.

Year 3 students at East Fremantle’s Richmond Primary School helped design the artwork during a workshop, which also taught students about the water cycle and the importance of being waterwise.

The pump station was selected for its prominent waterfront location, and to give back to the Town of East Fremantle and the community following recent upgrade work to ageing water pipes through Water Corporation’s Pipes for Perth program.

Water Corporation’s Splash of Colour program has transformed more than 60 water and wastewater assets across the State into vibrant public artworks since 2017.

Local Bicton MLA Lisa O’Malley said –

“This Water Corporation pump station is in a fantastic location on the shores of East Fremantle, making it an ideal building to include in Splash of Colour.

“Nathan has done a wonderful job involving the students in the design and I’m sure the children will be very excited to see their own drawings captured on the building in bright, bold colours.

“The East Fremantle community really love local and vibrant art, and I have no doubt this mural will be admired by commuters and pedestrians near and afar for years to come.”

We must say, it’s a nice addition to public art in East Freo. There should be more of it!


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