Water Tower Mural

WERRIBEE WATER TOWER MURAL

 

Arts Assist – creating a community art piece
Arts Assist has a long history of supporting the arts in Wyndham, in Melbourne’s west.

Arts Assist is very excited to be the lead behind creating a community art piece in the heart of Wyndham. The project will transform a disused concrete 18.5m water tower, located at 1 Tower Road Werribee, into a giant mural.

The water tower is a historic landmark in the town centre of Werribee. It has played a significant role to the local community and to the development of Werribee. The water tower has great public visibility, acts as a gateway to Werribee town centre and has the potential to become a significant artistic and tourist landmark.

The mural will:

  • Celebrate the heritage and local significance of the water tower
  • Help make Wyndham a vibrant, creative and engaging place


Artist Appointment

Appointment of the artist was determined via a two stage commissioning process.

Stage one – Arts Assist advertised the commission, inviting artists to submit an expression of interest that detailed their experience and expertise.

Stage two – from the submissions, a shortlist of three artists were invited to prepare visual concept proposals. The visual concepts were assessed by the project working party. An artist who best responded to the project brief was appointed.

Arts Assist is very excited to announce that the artist who will transform the water tower into a community art piece is – Hayden Dewar! Hayden is a Melbourne based muralist, illustrator and visual artist. To view  some of Hayden’s work, visit: www.haydendewar.com

Hayden has extensive experience as a muralist, and his projects include council as well as privately commissioned murals.

Hayden’s artwork will cover almost all of the water tower surface, including the upper drum.  It will highlight the historical significance of the water tower to the local community, and to the development of Werribee. The design will also depict flora and fauna that are significant to the local area.

Elements of the artwork will be revealed progressively while Hayden works on the tower.

Remediation
The water tower, originally built in 1914, needed some love and care. In April 2020, the water tower was drained, high pressure cleaned both inside and out, all leaks sealed, and an undercoat painted in preparation of the artwork.

Artwork installation
Hayden, along with artist assistant, ShmekOne, commenced artwork installation onsite in May 2020, with an anticipated installation period of five weeks. Watch this space!

The Werribee water tower was originally built in 1914

Remediation works were completed in April 2020

Appointed artist, Hayden Dewar, and artist assistant, ShmekOne, commence artwork installation in May 2020

Acknowledgments

Project gratefully funded with the support of the State Government of Victoria through the Community Support Fund.

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Thanks to the members of the project working party, made of Arts Assist, Southern Rural Water, and community representatives, for their time and passion.

Thank you to those who contributed to the consultation process that helped inspire the artwork design, in particular Southern Rural Water, Werribee South market garden families and local community groups.