Creative kids help Carla Koala sparkle
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 secretharboursquare.com.au.
The back of the platypus sculpture is decorated with a racetrack and chequered flag design.