Fi­nal touches given to Gran­tham mu­ral

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Me­lanie Keyte me­lanie.keyte@gat­ton­star.com.au

IT’S been al­most one year ex­actly since the rain­bow ser­pent started to ap­pear on Gran­tham State School’s grounds.

Since then, the Abo­rig­i­nal myth­i­cal beast has emerged on the school’s drama build­ing, thanks to the help of artist Dan Mack­ley and a hand­ful of stu­dents.

The mu­ral project was fa­cil­i­tated by Libby Brain, who said she was ex­cited to un­veil the art­work to the pub­lic.

“I’m very proud of our In­dige­nous stu­dents and Dan for putting their mark on the school,” she said.

“Dan’s been in­cred­i­ble work­ing with the kids and it’s been a real hon­our to work with him.”

Mr Mack­ley said was pleased to share his artistry with the stu­dents over the mu­ral, which fea­tured an­i­mals and colours na­tive to the re­gion.

“I like the ap­pre­ci­a­tion peo­ple get out of it,” he said.

“They say it’s go­ing to last for 15 years or so.

“It’s nice to drive past ev­ery day and see what you’ve cre­ated.”

Twelve-year-old Braith Kiehne said he greatly en­joyed work­ing on the mu­ral.

“It’s re­ally good be­cause it re­minds us about Abo­rig­i­nal (cul­ture),” he said.

“Not many peo­ple get to do (art like this) be­cause we don’t have many Abo­rig­i­nal kids at school.”

Ms Brain said all were wel­come to see the mu­ral.

PHOTO: ME­LANIE KEYTE

AMAZ­ING ART­WORK: Gran­tham State School stu­dents with artist Dan Mack­ley and teacher Libby Brain.

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