NUMURKAH is famed, among other things, for its beautiful birdlife, and there is now a permanent celebration of that in the form of a magnificent colourful mural in McPherson’s arcade.
The mural, painted by well-known silo artist Sobrane Simcock, was commissioned by Cafe Mierlo owner Adam Drust, who told the Leader he was excited by the project.
“It just seems like the perfect way to brighten the place up and bring a bit of art into a public space,” he said.
“When you see the painted silos around the countryside they are just so stunning, and I thought it would be great to have something like that, on a smaller scale, here. We are so lucky to have been able to get Sobrane because she is so talented, and she’s done an amazing job.”
The artist herself is currently living in Tungamah, having painted the Tungamah silo, but has a gallery in Broome, has painted walls in Italy and exhibited in Hong Kong.
So what does she make of doing a mural in Numurkah?
“It’s been great, people have been really welcoming and enthusiastic and have really embraced the idea of having some publicly accessible art,” she said.
The mural features a superb blue wren, an azure kingfisher, a yellow-billed spoonbill, a budgie and a blue-banded bee.
The 20 metre long wall has required four days and around 20 litres of paint, as well as 30 spray cans, to bring it to life.
Sobrane did say that it had been suggested that she feature a corella in the mural and, while she considered it, she finally decided against it, as she wasn’t sure how it would go over.