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Artist Naomi Craigs moves from Yagan Square to Marmion Reserve for mural project

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Artist Naomi Craigs hopes her first garden party-inspired concrete mural spreads joy to users of a Myaree park.

The mother-of-one is known for her Native Flora installation at the Yagan Square digital tower and branding work for fitness brand Keep It Cleaner and The Continental Hotel.

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In her first venture into the mural scene, Craigs completed her Garden Party mural at Marmion Reserve across two days last week after receiving a $1500 grant from the City of Melville.

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The mural, which is near the playground and small bridge, is about 35 to 40sqm and features a flower hopscotch.

Craigs, who lives in the City of Melville, told PerthNow her mural was part of the City’s ParkArt campaign to bring vibrancy to local parks.

“An important design feature of this mural is that it’s deliberately not too detailed or busy to meet the suitability of the elderly residents next to the park and ensure we’re keeping the walkways streamlined,” she said.

“Like all my art and illustration work, my work’s messages are simply to ‘spread joy’ — I tend to draw a lot of funky looking flowers like the ones seen in the mural in my work.

“I hope the kids love the hopscotch and chasing all the wriggly lines incorporated in the mural.

“We finished this over the course of two days. Props to my beautiful fiance and eight-month-old for being my art assistants — it really was a family occasion.”

Artist Naomi Craigs has completed a large-scale concrete mural called Garden Party at Marmion Reserve in Myaree, Perth.
Camera IconArtist Naomi Craigs has completed a large-scale concrete mural called Garden Party at Marmion Reserve in Myaree, Perth. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The West Australian

Craigs said completing her first mural was a great opportunity and a huge learning experience.

City of Melville chief executive Marten Tieleman said Craigs’ mural was the first of nine artworks in the City’s ParkArt initiative.

“The ParkArt project invited community members, artists, art groups and schools to apply to create small-scale artworks which encouraged play, exploration and discovery,” he said.

“What makes Naomi’s mural unique is that it’s painted by a local artist and has given her an opportunity to hone her mural skills whilst supporting our local creative economy.

“We recognise the important role the arts play in adding a sense of community and enhancing our neighbourhoods.”

Mr Tieleman encouraged the community to visit Craigs’ mural and the other murals such as Sioux Tempestt’s concrete mural at Goolugatup Heathcote.

The other eight projects will be popping up in local parks in the next month.

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