Local artist Matthew McAlpine unveiled his mural on the ground floor of the Reid Library last week. Commissioned to celebrate the opening of the new floor, the University Library, in conjunction with the UWA Cultural Precinct, invited five artists to imagine how they would transform the wall into a piece of art. The UWA community was then invited to vote for their favourite submission.
Matthew’s maquette, Godroo/Goodamiorup/Gurndanulup/Matilda Bay was chosen as the most popular idea by students, staff, alumni and visitors.
Matthew, a Perth-based artist whose practice explores the intersection of materiality, place and history, said that Godroo/Goodamiorup/Gurndanulup/Matilda Bay explores the complexity of landscape in Australia, prompting the viewer to consider the land we are standing on and it's deep, rich and complex history.
The mural took him six days to complete and you can watch a time lapse of it here.