Photographer: Paula Hart (Independent Visual Artist)
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Colour: Duratec Intensity Sunshine,
Duratec Zeus Lunar Eclipse
Components Coated: Laser cut aluminium feature panels
Date Completed: January 2021
Designer: Paula Hart
Architect: Oldfield Knott Architects
Fabricator: Kanyana Engineering
Powder Coater: Canning Vale Powder Coaters
The Kensington Fire Station in Perth boasts a thoroughly inspired and multilayered artwork project that depicts the fire service through a series of powder coated panels. The 36 meter fence features artwork designed by independent visual artist, Paula Hart who utilised illustrations created through structured drawing workshops with local school children from Kensington Primary School and Kensington Secondary School.
With the help of Oldfield Knott Architects, the illustrations have been transformed into aluminium laser cut panels of a burning tree, fire engine and fire service personnel, and then powder coated in super durable Duratec Zeus Lunar Eclipse and contrasting Duratec Intensity Sunshine, adding a pop of bright colour to the project.
The fence background features a landscape that moves from a Western Australian native bush environment through to urban buildings and is designed in a double-sided manner so that the artwork can be viewed from both sides by different audiences.
The Kensington Fire & Rescue Station staff also enjoyed participating in the design process, bringing a strong sense of community involvement to the project. The project was commissioned for the new Kensington Fire Station by the Department for Fire and Emergency Services through Western Australia’s Percent for Art Scheme.