Mu­ral a jour­ney through time

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Emilee Nee­son

A once-plain brick wall in the hall­ways of John Paul Col­lege is be­ing trans­formed into a strik­ing mu­ral by a lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal artist to rep­re­sent the past, present and fu­ture jour­neys of the school’s stu­dents and staff.

Heart­walk artist Ja­son Dimer is cre­at­ing the work of art with the help of school staff and chil­dren in a bid to cel­e­brate the tran­si­tion phase the young stu­dents are en­ter­ing dur­ing high school.

He said the mu­ral had many dif­fer­ent el­e­ments, with a cross to rep­re­sent the school’s Catholic faith and mot­tos from the for­mer Chris­tian Broth­ers Col­lege and Pren­diville Col­lege to tie in with the past.

He said there would also be im­agery of a cater­pil­lar sprout­ing from a co­coon and turn­ing into a but­ter­fly — an idea which was sparked by stu­dents to rep­re­sent their tran­si­tion into adult­hood. Dimer said the mu­ral would also in­cor­po­rate Abo­rig­i­nal dot paint­ing to sym­bol­ise the school as a meet­ing place, and tracks of dif­fer­ent na­tive an­i­mals to show the jour­neys of its stu­dents and staff.

He said the unique­ness of art was its beauty and spir­i­tu­al­ism, and it would have a dif­fer­ent mean­ing for ev­ery stu­dent or com­mu­nity mem­ber who saw it.

“When you see the mu­ral, it ac­tu­ally opens you up to your own in­ter­pre­ta­tion,” he said.

“Each per­son will see it dif­fer­ently and that’s the beauty of the arts.

“If you have a sign, there is only one mean­ing.

“A thou­sand peo­ple can see a sign and say there is one mean­ing.

“Here, 1000 peo­ple will have 1000 dif­fer­ent views.

“My two daugh­ters and my wife ac­tu­ally at­tended JPC, so in that way it is fit­ting that I am leav­ing some­thing for the school on be­half of our fam­ily.”

Pic­ture: Tori O'Con­nor

Harper Cum­mings, 14, and Dako­dah Car­roll, 13, help Ja­son Dimer with his mu­ral.

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