Hyden Street Scape Art
This vibrant town is situated an easy 3 1/2 hour drive east of Perth, Western Australia, via the Brookton Highway or the Great Eastern Highway via York. The Hyden and districts communities are well known for their initiative and go ahead attitude. Over the years, the community has established a Medical Centre (housing a Silver Chain remote nurse 5 days a week), a Recreation Centre, a Swimming Pool (open to the public during summer), and other similar projects. Most recently, an airstrip capable of taking large aircraft has been built and is a huge boost to the town.
At the heart of the town is the Bush Shopping Village, which houses the local general store, newsagent, Australia Post, liquor store, clothes shop, art and craft supplies, butcher shop, library and licensing, bakery, hair dresser, beautician and chemist. Other businesses in town include Mitre 10 Hardware, Waveline Tyre Service, mechanic and auto electricial businesses, rural merchandise, a plumber, an electrician, an accountant, the local CRC, the local IGA, a second hand shop and the National Australia Bank.
STEET SCAPE ART
As you explore Hyden – stop off and see the sculptures made from old machinery, implements and scrap metal that tell the history of Hyden, from early times prior to settlement, through to the first tourists in the 1970’s.
This project was initiated by local business owners, the Hyden Progress Association and funded by Wave Rock Tourist Development and Government grants. 12 locals volunteered for this project and started searching rubbish dumps for suitable bits and pieces of old farm machinery, implements and scrap metal. Some of these volunteers had never welded prior to this project, but soon became adept, thanks to the lessons they received from local farmers. Over four weekend workshops, the six initial sculptures were completed. A local farmer and sculpture extrordinaire continued with the theme and made most of the remaining pieces laden with aspects of his wonderful humour.
Other generous locals supplied limestone blocks for the plinth and the gravel fill. The Shire of Kondinin supplied the concrete path at the south end of the sculptures. Original mud bricks taken from a dilapidated local homestead were transported to the site and used to create a small mud brick hut. This replicates the type of houses that pioneers built in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The bricks had been made originally for a house on a property east of Hyden that had been built in the 1930’s by Tom Payne.
In later years – Coinus Collectus Echidna was installed. Funds collected were (and continue to be) gratefully received by the Hyden Progress Association for ongoing community projects.
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