Artist draws inspiration from possum poo for Narrogin benches

Campbell Williamson and Tom ShanahanNarrogin Observer
Paul Elliot on his Possum inspired park bench design
Camera IconPaul Elliot on his Possum inspired park bench design Credit: Tom Shanahan/Tom Shanahan

Wheatbelt artist Paul Elliot has crafted a series of tailored park benches to sit along the Railway Dam walk trail and enhance the beauty of an already scenic area.

Mr Elliot, who is based in Cuballing, has been employed as a fabrication engineer for the best part of 20 years.

He said he had become more involved in artistic work over time.

“I just started to branch out into the arts side of thing,” Mr Elliot said.

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“I do a lot of products and things like that that can be found on my Facebook page (ReKindled Metal).

“There’s not a whole lot of work around here but it keeps me busy and it’s something that I enjoy doing.”

Over the past few years he has been busy crafting a series of sculptures which have featured in Narrogin’s NEXIS gallery.

The new benches were commissioned by the Shire of Narrogin and feature a possum, an oblong turtle and a train.

“There was a master plan for Narrogin and we were on a team that had been meeting for the past few years and then Narrogin reached out to me,” Mr Elliot said.

He said the possum bench concept came from a moment of inspiration involving possum poo.

“When we initially did the walk-through and discussed it we were looking at the existing benches that were in a state of disarray,” he said. “The possum idea came about because there was possum poo on one of the benches.

“We saw that and thought that there were clearly possums in the area.”

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