Mulga paints a mural at Warners Bay High School
Internationally renowned street artist, Mulga travelled up from Sydney to host a two day mural painting session in May 2019 with students from Warners Bay High School. Students at the school had been studying Mulga’s work for several years and were very excited to have the artist visit the school.
In addition to knowing his work from Instagram (28,000 followers) and street art festivals, students know his work which is on slushie cups in every 7Eleven and a T-shirt range in Cotton On stores nationally.
Mulga painted a 6m x 2.8m wall at the school with a design featuring 3 pink flamingos. The flamingos transcend borders and have a long standing and eclectic range of symbolism around the world in different cultures – including Ancient Egypt, ancient Rome, ancient peru…. right through to the dazzling lights of Las Vegas and the suburban lawns of Australia.
Together the three flamingos represent harmony, resilience and diversity.
The mural was funded by Hunter Multicultural Communities (HMC) as part of the Diversity Walls program which aims to foster harmony, resilience and diversity through a public art program. Prior to Mulga’s arrival, The Wall Station held workshops to discuss the concept of ‘Diversity’ and HMC’s involvement in the project and the role they play in the local community.
Students were asked to think about their own experiences with multiculturalism and diversity and create an artwork sketch based on their experiences and thoughts. Images of the sketches were then shared digitally with the mural artist Mulga who took inspiration from the collective sketches for the mural.
The Wall Station will be rolling out a total of 6 x Diversity Walls in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley area in 2019.