Daniel O’Neill, Rosey Star, Wilson Clark and Bijang Slabb with a colourful mosaic.
Daniel O’Neill, Rosey Star, Wilson Clark and Bijang Slabb with a colourful mosaic.

Fingal Public is a town of mosaics

COLOURFUL wildlife mosaics now adorn the buildings of Fingal Public School following an art project involving young students.

Fingal artist Marcia Gibbs donated her time to teach the children the process of creating a mosaic and 25 building pillars are now a lot more vibrant.

Ms Gibbs said the project gave the students a sense of ownership of the school environment and allowed them to learn new skills.

“These standard pillars of brick are now vibrant and attractive creations that will please and inspire students, teachers and visitors for years to come,” she said.

Native wildlife proved a popular subject, with plenty of turtles created, along with a dolphin, whale, eagle, brush turkey and pelican.

Ms Gibbs said the students first designed the artworks by drawing on paper, then practised the mosaic with cut-out paper, before using the real tiles.

“They had to conceptualise their designs in drawings with a view to putting them on a mosaic.”

She said it helped the children develop conceptual, drawing, cutting, shaping and team-work skills.

“The students have learned quite a lot of skills all in one,” she said.

Ms Gibbs said she enjoyed giving people time and support to create something that was meaningful and rewarding to them.

“Working with youth and people in challenging circumstances is an important part of what I do as an artist committed to strengthening community.”

“I’m looking forward to more projects like this one and I hope to get funding to do more works in parks and other public spaces.”

Next year will see the second stage of the project, the installation of a large mosaic currently being created by Ms Gibbs, depicting a local goanna.



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