Greenbushes historic mine turns into bird haven

Creative: Sally Stoneman with her "Nest" at Schwenke's Dam, at Greenbushes. Photo: Supplied
Creative: Sally Stoneman with her "Nest" at Schwenke's Dam, at Greenbushes. Photo: Supplied

A newly installed artwork at Schwenke's Dam, in Greenbushes, has been created to complement the former historic mining void which is now a wetland haven for birdlife.

"Nest", a recycled wire and wood sculpture, is the creation of Perth-based artist Sally Stoneman who has property in Greenbushes and regularly returns to the area for inspiration.

The sculpture aims to complement the natural environment and symbolize hope for the future of the birdlife in the area.

The wire egg form is created from recycled fencing wire from the wheat belt region of Western Australia and incorporates some of the original No 2 'rabbit proof' fence.

Creative: Sally Stoneman with her "Nest" at Schwenke's Dam, at Greenbushes. Photo: Supplied

Creative: Sally Stoneman with her "Nest" at Schwenke's Dam, at Greenbushes. Photo: Supplied

The form is covered in a layer of crocheted copper wire to catch the changing light on the surface of the sculpture.

It is a feature of the Waterbird Walk trail around the dam and connecting trail to the Greenbushes Pool.

The work was commissioned by Grow Greenbushes Incorporated, a not for profit community group, using the proceeds from the annual Greenbushes Art Trail Exhibition.

Sally, a past winner of the Greenbushes Art Trail Exhibition, has a close connection to the area and is drawn to using natural and recycled materials to create artworks including sculptures.

Her sculpture work has been exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe from 2015 to 2018 and Bondi 2017 and 2018.

In 2018 she was awarded the Western Australian Sculpture Scholarship for her sculpture 'SEED'.

Her work is concerned with environmental change in the landscape and the threat to the biodiversity of our flora and fauna.

Sally Stoneman with her "Nest" at Schwenke's Dam Greenbushes.