Colourful art installation serves as street furniture

Mayor Ian Carpenter with Craig Maynard from F#Designs and Helen Ansell and Peta Riley from Mulla Mulla Designs.

Mayor Ian Carpenter with Craig Maynard from F#Designs and Helen Ansell and Peta Riley from Mulla Mulla Designs.

Geraldton’s newest artwork was installed today and it’s more than just a piece of art, the new addition also serves as street furniture.

Local business Mulla Mulla Designs have created beautiful colourful concrete ottomans which have been installed on Marine Terrace near the clock tower.

Inspired by the Mid West’s wildflowers, the ottomans are painted with a pattern that represents the wattle flower. 

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor, Ian Carpenter, said the ottomans added even more vibrancy to the City’s CBD.

“Not only do these beautiful pieces of art look spectacular, they serve a purpose here in Marine Terrace and represent the region’s very unique wildflowers,” he said.

“It’s just another great addition to the street artwork which has been done here in the CBD which is part of the City’s Vibrancy Strategy.

“We get a lot of great feedback on our street art and we know it’s something our community really appreciates.”

Craig Maynard from local business F#Designs was the creator of the concrete ottomans which weigh around 80 kilos each.

Helen Ansell and Peta Riley are the local artists behind Mulla Mulla Designs and have had been exhibiting their work in the Pilbara as well as in Perth.

Helen said they decided to work on the street furniture to give something back to their home town. 

“I worked on the initial acrylic painting of the design and then Peta turned it into a repeatable pattern which is seen on the ottomans. We then collaborated with designer Craig Maynard who specialises in concrete,” Helen said.

“A lot of our work is centralised around local wildflowers so it fits in perfectly with the City’s Wildflower Week campaign.”

Mulla Mulla Designs will be conducting a one-day art and design workshop in Mullewa on Saturday, 29 August from 9am-3pm. For more information or to book your spot email mullamulladesigns@gmail.com

If you’re interested in checking out the Mid West’s wildflowers you can find out more at www.visitgeraldton.com.au