MOSAIC: Howie Cooke, Samantha Collyer with Brunswick Heads Public School students
MOSAIC: Howie Cooke, Samantha Collyer with Brunswick Heads Public School students Veda Dante

Mammoth mosaic underway at Bruns public school

CHILDREN at Brunswick Heads Public School have started creating a mammoth mosaic that will form part of a community project involving artists, environmentalists and students.

Developed through public consultation and implemented into the Brunswick Heads Strategic Plan 2011-2016, A Nature Sculpture Walk will see a series of organic artworks displayed in communal locations.

"We applied for funding through the Country Support Program Regional Arts NSW and received a small grant to kick-start and create an artwork involving the community," said local artist and project manager Samantha Collyer, who is under the auspice of the Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce.

Students are making hundreds of tiles shaped like different sea creatures, which will be placed on the toilet block at Torakina Beach pending Council approval.

 

"This would beautify and acknowledge the creative wealth of the community while providing a central site where future sculptural events can take place," Ms Collyer said.

Well-known activist, Sea Sheppard and artist Howie Cooke was invited to talk to the Grade 4/5 students about his experiences in the care and conservation of marine life, in particular whale and dolphin species.

"Howie discussed a variety of issues from recycling to protection of species to local issues on restoration and protection of our environment," Ms Collyer said. "It was very inspiring and educational for the students."

 

Local organisations and businesses are invited to help create sculptures, memorials and temporal installations, providing an artistic walkway among the landscape of Brunswick Heads.

"It is about sharing knowledge and caring for our own environment through art and community involvement," Ms Collyer said.

The project is supported by the Art's NSW's Country Arts Support Program and devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and local Regional Arts Boards on behalf of the NSW Government.


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