Recre­at­ing a slice of Italy in Tenthill

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Meg Bolton Meg.bolton@gat­ton­star.com.au

ONE Lock­yer Val­ley cou­ple en­joyed their Mediter­ranean hol­i­day so much they de­cided to bring a lit­tle bit of par­adise home with them.

In a bid to cre­ate an Ital­ian al­fresco at­mos­phere, they packed their bags with 23kg of tiles and re­turned to Tenthill ready to cre­ate their pa­tio state­ment piece.

Owner Rod John­son said the mu­ral adorned with vines, wine and cheese had a restau­rant theme in­spired by the time they spent over­seas.

“When we were in Spain we saw the way they cre­ate their ceram­ics, so we cre­ated Sue­jon­tos,” Mr John­son said.

The mu­ral wasn’t the first time the cou­ple had com­mis­sioned art­work.

But af­ter hav­ing to leave a per­son­alised paint­ing in their old home, they made sure this would be a state­ment they’d have for­ever.

“We put the tiles on a board so we can move with it,” Sue John­son said.

The mu­ral is po­si­tioned in the mid­dle of the John­sons’ pa­tio, cre­at­ing a sep­a­rate area for drink­ing and eat­ing.

One side of the mu­ral is cov­ered in tiles from their jour­neys around the world, while the other was painted by lo­cal women Ula Binggeli, Me­gan Bourne and Zelda Jamieson.

Art school owner Ula Binggeli said the mu­ral was a com­bi­na­tion of six days’ work and many lay­ers of paint.

“We had to go over it so many times be­cause it’s got to last in the en­vi­ron­ment. It’s got many seals to make it last,” Ms Binggeli said.

PHOTO: MEG BOLTON

GRAPE EX­PEC­TA­TIONS: Artists Ula Binggeli, Me­gan Bourne and Zelda Jamieson and own­ers Sue and Rod John­son are very proud of the new mu­ral.

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