Cre­ative kids help Carla Koala sparkle

Southern Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Stu­art Hor­ton

Carla the Koala is just one of the four bril­liant sculp­tures de­signed and painted in a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween stu­dents and artists from the Se­cret Har­bour, Golden Bay and Sin­gle­ton area on dis­play at Se­cret Har­bour Square’s Sculp­tures in the Square. Sin­gle­ton Pri­mary School stu­dents Lily Hall and Daniel Bla­son, pic­tured, con­ceived the bril­liant colours and sparkle adorn­ing Carla.

About 100 stu­dents from Se­cret Har­bour, Comet Bay, Sin­gle­ton and Lake­lands pri­mary schools have helped add a touch of colour and piz­zazz to Se­cret Har­bour Square this month.

Win­ning de­signs from each school were used as in­spi­ra­tion for lo­cal artist Sa­man­tha Pren­tice’s na­tive an­i­mal sculp­tures that are on dis­play at the shopping cen­tre un­til May 5, in­clud­ing a glitzy and glam­orous koala, and a Daniel Ric­cia­rdo-in­spired platy­pus, pic­tured.

The Sculp­tures in the Square cam­paign also gives the com­mu­nity the chance to vote for their favourite piece, with the win­ning school to re­ceive a $2000 do­na­tion and shop­pers able to win a $50 shopping voucher daily.

Se­cret Har­bour PS stu­dents Lily Hall and Daniel Bla­son had the win­ning de­sign for Carla the Koala, with Daniel de­sign­ing the colour­ful mo­saic artwork and Lily hav­ing the in­spired idea to cover it with glit­ter.

“The pat­tern is ran­dom, I just started mak­ing mo­saic colours and it turned out re­ally good, I didn’t ex­pect it to look like that hon­estly,” Daniel said.

Lily said the piece was “re­ally amaz­ing” and Pren­tice joked she was still clean­ing off glit­ter a week af­ter work­ing with stu­dents to dec­o­rate the 3m-wide sculp­ture.

In ad­di­tion, an auc­tion event will be held at Se­cret Har­bour Square on Satur­day, May 11, giv­ing shop­pers and lo­cal busi­nesses the chance to pur­chase one of the unique sculp­tures, with all pro­ceeds go­ing back to the schools who de­signed and painted them.

Pren­tice said she hoped word would reach Ric­cia­rdo about the piece adorned with the liv­ery of his Re­nault F1, which was de­signed by Sin­gle­ton PS stu­dents Mitesh Ap­padoo and Hay­den Robertson.

“We’d love to have him sign it next time he is in Perth; that would re­ally add some­thing ex­tra for the per­son who ends up buy­ing it,” she said.

Sculp­tures in the Square vot­ing runs un­til May 5.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the cen­tre or se­crethar­

Pic­ture: Stu­art Hor­ton

The back of the platy­pus sculp­ture is dec­o­rated with a race­track and chequered flag de­sign.

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