Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Local man Les Gray has donated a striking digital artwork of the Old Mandurah Bridge to the City of Mandurah’s Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre.

The 10.5m long artwork, Middle of the day – a paddle under the Old Mandurah Bridge, is receiving great feedback from library patrons. It comprises of three equal pieces hung on the library’s far wall, creating a stunning addition to the community facility.

Mr Gray used a computer program to enhance and piece together 16 photographs of the bridge, making it look like a painting. The Silver Sands resident printed the artwork on his large home printer and mounted it onto a pine frame.

Mr Gray, originally from Cairns, Queensland, came to Western Australia for a cool change and pursued a career as a structural draftsman at Argyle mines. It was there that Mr Gray learnt to use a computer to draw his jobs and use photography as part of his role.

Over the years, Mr Gray learnt how to use computer programs to alter photographs, and he now has his works displayed at the Cairns Hospital and at the Mandurah Medical Centre on Pinjarra Road.

“It’s a hobby that makes me happy,” the 71 year old said.

“The bridge is a local icon, and I wanted to support the efforts of the Mandurah Council and the work they’ve done on the replacement of the bridge.”

Mr Gray is now focussing his creativity on local birdlife.

The City of Mandurah’s art collection, on display across many City facilities, is an important asset for its intrinsic value and historical references.

The collection is also considered by City to be a great asset because it helps foster the talents of Western Australians, and more specifically local artists, throughout their emerging or mid-career pathways.

To view Mr Gray’s piece, head to the Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre at the corner of Flavia Street and Cobblers Road.