Renowned WA visual artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers has added some creative colour to Capecare Dunsborough, completing three huge exterior wall murals – two 18metre high stairwells and a large two-storey curved entry wall.
His inspiration has been local nature, referencing the colours of small coastal plants and rocks, but presenting it in a more modern way. “The front wall is the hero work, and is a lot more detailed. It includes images of vegetation, birds and fish. Some of the icons I’ve painted on the stairwells have been used in a smaller scale on the entry wall so they compliment eachother. I’ve really enjoyed working on this project as the brief wasn’t too prescriptive and left it open for my interpretation. It’s the way I most like to work,” he said.
Capecare CEO Elizabeth Hogarth said she was delighted with Kyle’s work and there were many positive reasons for including public art in the Dunsborough independent living and aged care facility. “As an organisation committed to multigenerational engagement and inclusivity we felt that artwork being incorporated into the project offered an opportunity to lighten the spirit of people living at Capecare Dunsborough, as well as those entering and visiting,” she said.
“We understand that human interactions are vital to the wellbeing of our clients and we want to encourage positive interactions and conversations. We see the work being created by Kyle as an opportunity to create conversation. It was important for us to give the artist creative scope, with an understanding of who we are and how the spaces at the Dunsborough site would be used. The main entry statement artwork will be seen from the outdoor green space between what will be the cafe and the new CWA headquarters. We hope it will evoke smiles for residents, families, visitors and our staff.”