Yarralea Children's Centre is an important part of the Alphington community.
The Centre is turning 60 this year and I was commissioned to make a mosaic work involving the children, teachers and the parent community. Families have donated pre-loved crockery, tiles and other ceramics and this material was used in the work. There are four panels depicting nature scenes from the Darebin Creek and surrounds where the children have their bush kinder sessions. The approach used in creating the work respects the Centre's strong emphasis on nature and integrating it into the lives of children as they play and learn. We aim to be as sustainable as possible with this work and the vast majority of materials will be either upcycled crockery or remnant tiles and ceramics donated from tile stores or renovations. We will also acknowledge the fact that indigenous culture and respect is integral to the philosophy of the Centre.
It was great thrill to do this project, as I love working with children and always marvel at the enthusiastic way they work in mosaic. I also enjoy working with communities in a sustainable way. A celebration to unveil the work was held on 17 November 2019.
Please check the Facebook page for updates and close ups of some of the items the children made for the mosaic.
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