SHORELINE Plaza Shopping Centre has welcomed a new six metre mural depicting Tasmania’s beautiful native flora and fauna.
Designed by community artist Melski McVee, the mural was painted with the help of grade five Art Extension students from Howrah Primary School.
Shoreline Plaza approached Howrah Primary School and Ms McVee to help bring the blank wall to life and create more engaging spaces in the shopping centre.
Students used a process similar to paint-by-numbers to apply the first layer with helpful guidance from Ms McVee.
The mural is titled ‘How Swiftly Time Flies’ and includes species such as the Swift Parrot, Warratah, Silver Ferns, Great Sun Orchid, Wattle, Golden Bulbine-Lily, Pink Fairly Orchid and Showy Bossia Pea Flower.
Before painting the mural, Ms McVee hosted a workshop with the students.
Ms McVee has created community murals in both Tasmania and Western Australia for more than seven years and loves the idea of getting local school kids involved in the process.
“The kids always love being involved in the project,” she said.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to be a part of something that will be in the shopping centre for years to come.
“They will also get that opportunity to show off to their friends.”
Shoreline Plaza marketing manager Kimberley Hogg said the mural was a great experience for students.
“The students involved in this project regularly shop at Shoreline with their families,” Shoreline Plaza marketing manager Kimberley Hogg said.
“We are excited for the local community to see what these talented students from Howrah Primary School have created for all to see.”
Ten-year-old Gracie Ryan said she enjoyed painting at school and at home.
“I like just how it can relax you and it’s calm,” she said.
Toby Dingle said it was great to have the mural on display for the community to see.
“I enjoyed being able to paint with my friends,” he said.
Shoreline Plaza is managed by Knight Frank Tasmania and the mural was commissioned by the owners of the centre Shopping Centres Australia Property Group.
It can be found in the mall area just inside the main entry of Shoreline Plaza.