First Nations Artwork Project 2019 City West Water and SALT Studio have worked together to turn plain, often graffitied, electrical cabinets into beautiful works of First Nations art.
It has become somewhat standard practise for asset owners to transform unremarkable, often ugly, cabinets into art. At City West Water we thought we could take this practise a step further into the win-win territory and use the space to specifically showcase First Nations art.
This view sits in line with our reconciliation journey at City West Water and adds to creating safe and welcoming spaces. These works of art allows us to engage and interact with the public via the story and concepts that SALT Studio created for City West Water.
For First Nations Peoples , the sharing of culture and lore is traditionally passed on through song, dance, art and creation stories. Using these cabinets as a different platform to share the same knowledge was identified as a great opportunity. Therefore, City West Water engaged SALT Studio to turn the cabinets into beautiful visual stories sharing knowledge of First Nations culture. Three First Nation female artist from SALT Studio developed the story concept of the water warrior themed around water, land, ceremony, totems, community and implemented the designs onto the cabinets.