Mural adds colour with playgroup’s country theme
When Harvey Playgroup resumes after the school holidays, children will be greeted by a bright and colourful mural in their playground.
The artwork was one of the last finishing touches to the upgraded playground which is open to the general community outside playgroup hours.
Members first talked about giving the dated playground a facelift in April 2015 and are delighted the $21,000 project, funded by the Alcoa Sustainability Fund, the Federal Stronger Communities Program and fundraising, has now been completed.
Harvey artist Yvonne Chapman painted her design on three steel panels within two weeks.
It replaces the more than 20-year-old mural of Sesame Street characters and has been coated with anti-graffiti protection.
Mrs Chapman said the size of the panels made it quite awkward to paint the theme in proportion.
“I decided on a Harvey scene because the children are familiar with seeing tractors and animals,” she said.
“All the farm animals are placed at kids’ height so they can go close and come face to face with them.”
Playgroup president Emma Curulli and project coordinator Ruth Walker said they loved the vibrant, brilliant mural and the rural theme with the cheeky additions.
Shire staff had planted a couple of flowering ash trees at the back of the playground to provide some shade and playgroup members plan to add some more splashes of colour by painting table and benches in the undercover area and possibly replacing another old mural in the future.
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