Over the past few weeks students from John Forrest Secondary College and artists from Studio 281 have been busily working on what will become the largest mural in Morley. If you've travelled down Russell Street recently you might have noticed splashes of colour starting to take shape on two large walls bordering the new Russell Street Park.
Jointly funded by the City of Bayswater and the Water Corporation, the mural will have a water conservation theme and feature native flora and fauna commonly seen in wetlands.
Students have relished the opportunity to work alongside popular artists Mike Shime, Daek William, Ill Withers and Leonardo Flavel, with teachers reporting a noticeable increase in participation and overall excitement about art studies since the project begun.
It is collaborative projects like this one that build on an area's unique sense of identity. Year 10 art students have been involved every step of the way, from coming up with the initial concept, to planning the artwork, and finally helping to paint the final product and see their ideas come to life. I hope they feel an enormous sense of pride when they walk past their work for many years to come.
Cr Filomena Piffaretti