Last week, Cowaramup Skate Park got a new mural, painted by local kids under the artistic guidance of Perth-based urban artist George Domahidy. 

We asked Molly Ryan, Community Development Trainee at the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, to tell us a little about the project.

"It wasn't until I swapped my paintbrush for an aerosol can that I realised the skill and physicality required to produce street art. Working with well-known street artist George Domahidy and his spray painting companion Scott Hitchcock, a street artist who has been working in the creative hub of Brooklyn, New York, was an experience in itself."

“As this project was part of our youth engagement program, involving local youth was really important.  A little practice and skill-building was done while designing some preliminary pieces, followed by a brainstorming session. Those who attended were asked to sketch iconic symbols that they thought were specific to Cowaramup and these designs were then incorporated into the final mural.”

“Day two of painting was welcomed with the stencils drawn by George and Scott (inspired by the drawings done by the group of young artists) that would soon become our finished piece. Watching George and Scott so confidently bring our block colour art work to life with black spray paint was mesmerising and showcased their highly developed skills.  Projects like this allow youth to differentiate between urban art and graffiti while expressing themselves. The artwork adds colour and creativity to the space however amplifies the ambience of the skate park.”

– Molly Ryan.

All Photos: Mark Boskell