Dexter the Dolphin has arrived at his new home in the Southwest!
The life-size art installation is now permanently residing at the Koombana Foreshore, for the community and visitors to enjoy.
Dexter was part of "The Big Splash" - an arts project run by Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, which raises awareness and funds for children’s mental health.
WA artist Sioux Tempestt painted Dexter, who then went up for auction along with 36 other dolphin sculptures. The proceeds from the auction then went to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Perth Children’s Hospital.
Global mining and metals company South32, which operates Worsley Alumina, won the auction for Dexter.
South32 then gifted the sculpture to the City of Bunbury, and Deputy Mayor Jaysen Miguel was delighted with the offering.
“I wish to thank South32 for donating this unique artwork to not just the City of Bunbury but the community as a whole,” Cr Miguel said.
“It has injected some colour to Koombana Foreshore and adds to the overall vibrancy of the area not to mention solidifies Bunbury’s reputation as having the largest public arts display in regional Australia.”
South32 Vice President Corporate Affairs Katie Tovich said the company cared about people and the community.
“With our headquarters in Perth and our Worsley Alumina operation near Bunbury, we’re very pleased that we could donate the artwork for the enjoyment of the Bunbury community.
“We’re proud to have been a major sponsor of The Big Splash WA and we hope that having Dexter on display at the foreshore will help to raise awareness of youth mental health and well-being.”