A year or so in the making… a cast of thousands… Jodie and I are thrilled that our ‘Love Where You Live’ mural is now up, like an electric bolt of colour in the centre of Sunshine for all to see!
When we first started doing doodles on the back of a napkin (yes, seriously) we couldn’t possibly have envisioned how it would turn out…
The project so far
Thanks to the Victorian State Government’s Litter Hotspots Grant and a grant from Our3021 we were able to let our imaginations roam wild, trying to come up with ways to get through to as many people in the most effective way possible. We decided that art and education were our two main themes and worked to merge the two. We wanted to concentrate on the urban environment because as we have come to understand after cleaning up mountains of litter down on the creek, most of the litter that ends up down there comes from our city streets.
We partnered with the Sunshine Business Association and Brimbank City Council on the Make SunSHINE bin wraps which were installed on 77 bins in the Sunshine CBD. Other aspects of the grant were: we commissioned our Barry The ‘Butt It Bin It’ mascot from local costumier Kimberley Potts and had personal ashtrays made, we held large scale clean ups, we worked with schools, we made a film ‘What’s The World Coming To’, we initiated Love Your Station Day in partnership with Metro… the list goes on!
The Mural is the jewel in our littery (glittery – snort – get it?) crown and we couldn’t be prouder. We will still be printing up A0 sized decals of the artwork to go into school playgrounds and will let you all know how we get along with that.
The people involved
We were very lucky to be able to work with very talented local artists: Liz Dalgleish (www.lizdalgleish.com) who did the graphic design on the project including the mural, bin wraps, decals, posters, logo, feather flags, stickers and signage, Kim Fleming who did the the two gorgeous illustrations (www.kimflemingillustration.com) and finally, gifted local aerosol artist Sebastian Fransz who created the sun that the illustration and graphic panels were placed on.
Bruce White from Sunshine’s Westpac Bank, The Sunshine Business Association, and Brimbank City Council’s Town Centre Manager were all key in getting permission from the building’s body corporate to get the mural put up. Thank you, team!
On the day of the unveiling, Jodie made a lovely speech and we all rolled up our sleeves and got stuck into cleaning up the area. Thank you to the volunteers who showed up to help out, including our friends from the Alpha Phi Omega alumni. Your willingness to get out there and make a difference is a wonderful thing.
Article in The Start Weekly
We had a great article in The Star weekly and did a bit of posing for a photo shoot. It was only because none of the artists were available! So we got all dolled up and thought we were being very glamorous. Well, Jodie looks stunning as always but I come across as a bit of an embarrassing uncle. Which part of my brain decided a double thumbs up was a good idea? Anyway – who cares! It was a great photo and article and any press about the FOKC is alright by us! You can read the full article here.We hope you can make it down to the mural, which is at the rear of the Westpac Bank on Hampshire Rd in Sunshine. Have a gander, pick up a bit of litter that may be close by and head off to do the shopping with a reusable FOKC shopping bag! 😉