We don’t mean to alarm you but the faces of Cockburn, yep the ones that looked out onto the Kwinana Freeway, are… GAWN.

The faces, that of a boy and a middle-aged woman, have low-key divided Perth since they were installed at the Cockburn Train Station in 2006.

Back then, Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said the images were not actually real people but “merged photographs”, not missing persons, someone’s Nan, or Australia’s Most Wanted.

Credit: Erin Mazanec via Perth Aesthetics

“Each image is the representation of about 120 different photographs of local people,” Mr Hynes had said.

Recently, the condition of the photos…  well, they’d seen better days:

Credit: Erin Mazanec via Perth Aesthetics

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But now, they are no more.

Credit: Erin Mazanec via Perth Aesthetics

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti told Radio 6PR on Tuesday morning that there had been maintenance issues to do with the artwork and that they were about to survey the community as to their future – to continue to maintain them or to replace them.

“However, I think that the cracking got so bad that, over the weekend, that the PTA took down the artwork”

As a result, Ms Saffioti said the survey was going to be “fast-tracked” to next month.

“This artwork is probably the most talked-about piece of infrastructure… we know that people have very different views on it… and we now think it’s a good opportunity to go out to the public with some options.”

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