Hundreds of enthusiastic walkers took to the trail once more for the annual Trek the Trail event on Sunday 25 September. This year the walk featured the picturesque 7km from the John Forrest National Park entry to Swan View Station and return.
Trek the Trail had something for everyone; physical activity, the arts, community activity, history and the natural environment, with trekkers enjoying the incredible scenery whilst taking part in the fun, free interactive art activities.
At the stunning National Park Falls site, the Mundaring Arts Centre offered a natural weaving activity with artists Anne Williams and Marie Jacquier. Whilst at the Swan View Station many visitors ‘had a go’ creating intricate hand-dyed scarves, tightly wrapping objects and dropping them into a natural puff ball dye bath with artists Heather Davis, Maki Curtis and Mary Anne Dawson.
In the lead up to the event, local artists Anne Williams and Sarah Toohey from the Mundaring Arts Centre worked with students from Mundaring Christian College to create natural sculptures for the trail. Mundaring Christian College students collected grasses, leaves, sticks and natural foliage and bound them together to create a wonderful array of creative birds and creatures. These were installed as ‘Trail Guardians’ at the National Park Falls site overseeing the interactive art activities.
Trekkers learnt the art of textile binding to create their own trail guardian and contributed sticks, bark and leaves to the large-scale woven nest installation. The nest became a natural ‘selfie station’ with hundreds of children and ‘kids at heart’ jumping in to add to the creation and have their picture taken.
Mundaring Arts Centre’s Trek the Trail art activities are proudly supported by Act-Belong-Commit - Healthway, Disability Services Commission WA’s Community Living & Participation Grant and Shire of Mundaring.