An abstract representation of the Karratha landscape has been emblazoned on a water tank at the entrance to the Pilbara town. The mural, titled Formations, took seven days to paint and was displayed to the public last Wednesday. The theme of the work was water and showcases the unique landscape, culture and heritage of the Pilbara. The Karratha water tanks tender was awarded to Chris Nixon last July with an estimated total project cost of $178,000. Nixon described the work as exploring how water shapes the land and how it supports life in the Pilbara. “There's a real play between the macro and micro. Really large scale gestural works versus like hyper detail,” he said. “There's so much opportunity and potential for space like for Karratha to have more of this work. “There's so many open spaces, we've seen it around the around the place and we'd love to see this become a bit of a catalyst for change of of public art to keep kind of building and building.” Nixon said he hoped the work started a community conversation around the role of public art.