Mother Na­ture’s tran­si­tion from drab to fab is in the can

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

GRAF­FITI has come a long way from the days when it was seen as some­thing “to be re­moved”. It has evolved as an ex­cit­ing art medium full of cre­ativ­ity and orig­i­nal­ity giv­ing a plat­form to a wide mix of tal­ented artists who cre­ate mas­ter­pieces with spray cans. Many lo­cal busi­nesses ap­pre­ci­ate the aes­thetic of a colour­ful graf­fiti mu­ral, un­der­stand­ing the im­pact and talk­ing point this strik­ing art form can have for their brand. Mother Na­ture’s in Or­lando St is the lat­est Coffs Coast busi­ness to en­list the help of hum­ble lo­cal leg­end Ash John­ston of Open Stu­dio to brighten up their busi­ness. Af­ter re­moval of a row of shrubs caus­ing trou­ble with stormwa­ter drains, a grey wall is cry­ing out for some graf­fiti art. Ash came up with the idea to hold an “in­vi­ta­tional graf­fiti bat­tle” to be co-or­di­nated by the Open Stu­dio team bring­ing some of Aus­tralia’s most in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned graf­fiti artists to share their own in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the theme ‘Mother Na­ture’ on the huge carpark wall. All the artists have pre­vi­ously vis­ited the Coffs Coast and were se­lected to com­pete for their in­di­vid­ual style, tech­ni­cal pro­fi­ciency, com­mit­ment to their craft and cul­tural con­tri­bu­tion to com­mu­ni­ties via their own art mak­ing. Lo­cals will be in­vited to vote on the com­pleted art­works. “We’ve been plug­ging away at rais­ing aware­ness in the busi­ness com­mu­nity and are now see­ing re­sults,” Ash said. “Peo­ple are see­ing how this art­work can re­ally help their busi­ness and get­ting our work out there in the com­mu­nity is rais­ing the pro­file.” Paint­ing the wall at Mother Na­ture’s will take place May 19. De­tails Face­book page The Bat­tle for Mother Na­ture – Graf­fiti Comp or open­stu­

Photo: Trevor Veale

COLOUR­FUL CHAR­AC­TER: Ash John­ston from Open Stu­dio is or­gan­is­ing a graf­fiti bat­tle for a lo­cal busi­ness.

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