Everton Park State High School is looking pretty colourful these days, all thanks to local artist Kirsten Button
Kirsten was commissioned to create this beautiful mural (pictured above) for the school in honour of our Anzacs. Her brief was to represent a traditional Anzac figure – a woman – and also incorporate an indigenous element, which is illustrated in the piece in the form of a Southern Cross.
The school received a grant from the local School Community fund for the construction of their own Anzac Memorial Garden. Works included a mural, a new seating area, flags and greenery around the artwork.
You may think that mural artistry is glamorous, but Kirsten battled out the wind, cold and uneven terrain on ladders to create this colossal artwork that sizes up at 7.2m across by 3m high! However, armed with words of encouragement of students and locals, she took it all in her stride!
‘Although there were a few horrible days for working outside, a serviceman walked passed and he was really impressed. Lots of really nice kids said encouraging things too, which was wonderful!’ explains Kirsten.
This talented artist is no stranger to brightening up schools. She is a artist in residence at Patricks Road State School (PRSS), Ferny Hills and, over the years, has steadily been creating colourful artworks and murals at the school for all to enjoy.
What were dull grey bessa block walls at the school now sport memorizing aqua scapes of whales (that we are told may be complete with sound of whales soon!) and mundane downpipes now represent the legs of a Flamingo, to name just a few of the murals she has created there.
‘My first mural at PRSS was actually back in 2005. My first child started school there (I was just a artistic parent back then) and the walls were just boring grey bricks. I thought to myself, lets do something about that and created my first mural there. I have been painting murals at the school and elsewhere since. It’s been a long relationship – around 11 murals to date,’ said Kirsten.
Thank you Kirsten for brightening up our students worlds!