Bright, new mural adorns library wall

Public art: Campbelltown Art Centre's Tim George helped coordinate the new mural at HJ Daley Library. Picture: Simon Bennett
Public art: Campbelltown Art Centre's Tim George helped coordinate the new mural at HJ Daley Library. Picture: Simon Bennett

Visitors to Campbelltown's HJ Daley Library might notice something a little different recently.

A brand new piece of public art has been installed on the library's outer wall.

Campbelltown Arts Centre's creative learning and engagement officer Tim George said the artwork was created through a collaboration of a group of young students and three professional artists: Lotte Alexis Smith, Merindah Funnell and Ethan Bell.

"It's great to see this mural on display, a lot of hard work went into it," he said.

"It's great to get young people using their voices to help create public art."

To create the work, the youngsters - primarily aged about 15 - discussed what democracy meant to them and shared stories of encountering democracy in their every day lives.

This information was then shared with the three artists, who used the discussions to each decided on one word, one sentence and one story that summed up democracy for them.

They they had to work together - "showing democracy in action", Mr George said - to figure out how all those words, sentences and stories would fit on the mural space.

"The entire thing was created in a four-hour period," Mr George said.

Mr George said the library was the perfect location for the mural. "The artwork is a word-based and the library is a place filled with words," he said.

Mr George said the artwork would be on display for a least a few months and the Campbelltown Arts Centre was working on further ideas to bring to life for the library space.