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Locals fed up with a piece of public art adorning the side of Cockburn Station have taken to Facebook in their thousands to voice their call for its removal.

Locals fed up with a piece of public art adorning the side of Cockburn Station have taken to Facebook in their thousands to voice their call for its removal.

The group, "remove the Cockburn train station face", has gained more than 5600 supporters since it was set up just over a week ago on August 26.

They are protesting the massive faces of a young man and middle-aged woman that loom on billboards atop the station tower looking benevolently down on train commuters and freeway traffic.

"For years we have all driven down the free-way and seen this disgusting image, and the uglier one on the other side," the anonymous page founder wrote.

"Hopefully this site will raise awareness that we do not like it!!!"

Hundreds of posts from disgruntled members of the public cover the page's wall decrying the work of art.

"Remove all the faces. It's like having the blimmin' Ayatollah looking down upon us," Facebook user Giovanni Torre wrote.

"Definitely not the right image for the area that is developing around it, time for an update to something uplifting and pleasurable to look at when coming home from work/play!!," user Peta Griffiths wrote.

Some criticism was even more blunt.

"Let this monument to the boundlessness of human ineptitude stand long after every corporeal form of the PTA has succumbed to dust," user Narco Polo contributed.

"These faces are the worst thing in Australia," user Benny McMayhem wrote.

The faces are composite images created by local artists Marco Marcon and Rodney Glick.

Dubbed "The Face of the Community", according to the City of Cockburn website the work "contrasts elements of realism with the unknown".

"Each was produced using hundreds of photos of local residents then digitally designed to represent the most frequent users of public transport," the website says.

"Could those be your eyebrows up there?"

The anti-face group has even sparked a counter-protest page "Don't remove the Cockburn train station faces" calling for the work to stay.

"For years we have all driven down the freeway and seen these beautiful images...hopefully this site will raise awareness that we cherish it and that it is in fact a part of our culture," the counter-page states.

As of this morning 120 people "liked" the pro-face page.

The West Australian

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