Western Power poles become living art


Western Power crews have installed eight strikingly decorated power poles at South Coogee Primary School in Beeliar, Western Australia, as part of a colourful art installation.

The recycled power poles were donated to the community after Western Power received a request from a local resident and the school’s art teacher.

Western Power’s acting field services co-ordinator Gavin Norris said the most suitable retired power poles were found to meet the art project’s safety and aesthetic requirements.

“Our team met the challenge and sourced wooden power poles that were no longer suitable for use in the electricity network, but were structurally safe and untreated,” Mr Norris said.

“Our job of identifying the materials, coordinating the delivery and installing the poles was certainly the easiest part of the project when compared with the huge amount of work the students have put into the design and decoration.

“Judging by the quality of the art work, I’ll be waiting to see if a Coogee Primary School student will win next year’s Archibald Prize.”

Western Power is an active member of school communities and provides ShockProof! electricity safety lessons to more than 25,000 students each year.

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