Beecroft win­dow trans­formed

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The artist and chil­dren’s au­thor Kyle Hugh­esOdgers trans­formed the win­dow of Beecroft Chil­dren’s Book­shop re­cently when he recre­ated a scene from his new book One Thou­sand Trees.

Lit­tle faces were trans­fixed as the tal­ented street artist and writer turned a piece of the shop win­dow into a wooded won­der­land, to high­light the plight of the en­vi­ron­ment un­der threat and get chil­dren think­ing about na­ture.

The old­est chil­dren’s book­shop in Aus­tralia, it has been run­ning since 1971 and is a stal­wart of the Beecroft com­mu­nity, sup­ply­ing books to hun­dreds of school across north­ern Syd­ney.

The in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed pub­lic space artist and chil­dren’s book/ il­lus­tra­tor said: “The book is aimed at six to ten year-olds and is about be­ing lost in the mo­ment, in amongst the trees and na­ture.

“It’s about tak­ing time to day­dream and ap­pre­ci­at­ing our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment which we as Aus­tralians have so much ac­cess to. Do­ing that in this his­toric site in Beecroft makes it all the more valu­able.”

Kyle com­pares that to what he sees in the con­crete jun­gles where he has cre­ated huge wall mu­rals as pub­lic art in­stal­la­tions in Lon­don, New York and LA. He’s cur­rently trav­el­ling around Aus­tralia trans­form­ing win­dows and spa­ces with scenes from his book.

See this mag­i­cal win­dow dis­play at the book­shop in Han­nah Street, un­til the end of Au­gust. Kyle’s books and art­works can be found at www. kyle­hugh­e­

Kyle cre­ates his fantasy win­dow with some lit­tle lo­cal on­look­ers Will, 8, Joshua, 2 and 5 year-old Ros­alie

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