Mural a journey through time
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.”
Harper Cummings, 14, and Dakodah Carroll, 13, help Jason Dimer with his mural.