Young­sters help artist leave mark on town hall

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Pan­na­won­ica’s school­child­ren have worked along­side a renowned artist to cre­ate a mu­ral for the town’s com­mu­nity hall.

Emma Blyth vis­ited Pan­na­won­ica over the April school hol­i­days to help cre­ate the 10m x 2.5m mu­ral.

The chil­dren worked with Blyth to sand more than 50 wooden cut-outs in the shape of bun­gar­ras, corel­las and dragon­flies.

Once the cut-outs were smooth, the chil­dren painted a base coat and worked on the de­sign they would paint on the se­cond day.

Blyth then got to work on paint­ing the mu­ral, with the kids’ cut-outs placed onto the wall to en­hance the colour­ful re­flec­tion of the Pan­na­won­ica land­scape.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dent Kerry White said the mu­ral was a great ac­com­plish­ment for the town.

“The school hol­i­day pro­gram is al­ways pop­u­lar with chil­dren and par­ents, and hav­ing Emma Blyth work with the lo­cal com­mu­nity was a great op­por­tu­nity,” she said.

“In ad­di­tion to the re­mark­able mu­ral that now has pride of place in the town, the art work­shops in­spired res­i­dents of all ages to have a go at be­ing cre­ative.”

Rio Tinto main­te­nance and fixed plant man­ager Marianne Hoareau said the mu­ral had brought the hall to life.

“It was great to see the in­te­gra­tion of art­work by the lo­cal com­mu­nity into the fi­nal piece,” she said.

The mu­ral was un­veiled at May’s Re­flec­tions of Robe Val­ley event, which also in­cluded the colour run and art awards.

Win­ners of the art awards were Dakoda Va­lenta, Ben­jamin Miller, Jes­sica Sylva, Hineriu Wy­nardThomp­son and Chel­main Tsaka­los.

Pic­ture: Shire of Ash­bur­ton

Ay­den Car­rod in front of the new mu­ral atPan­na­won­ica’s com­mu­nity hall.

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