POPP Artist Profile:
Nestled away in Kelly Park, some 30 kms wouth-west of Melbourne, sits one of our favourite public outdoor table tennis tables of late. Commissioned by Wyndham City Council and situated just outside the Kelly Park Community Centre in Werribee, the most conspicuous aspect of this particular POPP table is of course the artwork that adorns its surface. Playful silhouettes of marsupials, birds, lizards, fish and other Australian animals cover the entire exterior in a hypnotising pattern of shapes. The artist responsible - Melbourne's Minna Leunig - was also engaged by the council to paint a mural earlier that year in a nearby section of the park.
As well as having exhibited at galleries such as Backwoods, Outré, Juddy Roller, Montsalvat, Neon Parlour and Lamington Drive, Minna has a keen interest in bringing art out of gallery spaces and into the public realm through street art - working by the philosophy that art should be an integral part of everyday life, and accessible to all.
Today, Minna's incredible artwork stands a perfect example of how art can be used as an effective tool for connecting features in outdoor spaces where a POPP table has been retrofitted. We took a moment for a quick chat with Minna recently (pre-COVID) to learn a little more about her work and inspiration.
IMAGE CREDIT ABOVE
Location: Kelly Park, Werribee VIC
Artwork: Minna Leunig
Image Credit: Nude Design Studio