6 May 2019

Silver Sprayers invigorate #WodenExperiment with ground artwork

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Silver Sprayers enliven corridor entry to Woden Town Square.

The Silver Sprayers, a group of older Canberrans of 55+, were back in Woden last month, working on another street art mural.

This time the Silver Sprayers, along with their mentor Dai Cameron, were taking part in the #WodenExperiment creating a ground mural at one of the outdoor corridors leading into the Woden Town Square.

Over a week Dai and the Silver Sprayers worked at the #WodenExperiment creating an artwork described as a ‘geometric billabong’. The bridge across the billabong has created an interactive component with kids and those young at heart crossing the bridge on their way through to the town centre or library.

School students cross the bridge over the geometric billabong at Woden Town Square.

Leoni Mayes, a member of Silver Sprayers, learned of the project through her work as a volunteer art teacher with U3A. Leoni was excited by the opportunity to learn a new technique of spray painting, working outside and meeting new people.

“The Mural project established closer connections within the group due to the smaller number of Sprayers,” said Leoni.

“We were beautifully instructed and directed by Dai Cameron, the designer, [we] all worked tirelessly to achieve a fantastic result in only a few days,” she continued.

“It was another opportunity to expand knowledge and experience of Street Art. The interaction with local workers and staff, shoppers and families were very positive as they made their way respectfully through the space,” she said.

Silver Sprayers at work creating the ground artwork at Woden Town Square.

The result is an explosion of colour and a general feeling of connection and joy in the Woden Town Centre, which has transformed into a place for people to meet, socialise, enjoy a meal, join a workshop and engage in activities with a focus on community connection.

Art has a strong presence in building community, cultural diversity and civic engagement. Creativity has the capacity to innovate, create value, and provide character. As part of the #WodenExperiment local artists and community members have been invited to create artworks that would create community connections and character.

Silver Sprayers’ finished artwork at Woden Town Square.

The Silver Sprayers have been involved in other murals over the last seven months, as part of the Streetwise Project – sponsored by Transport Canberra and City Services. You can see some of their artwork at the Woden bus interchange, and alongside the Woden Seniors Club.

The Woden Experiment is a landscape, furniture and built elements installation in the Woden Town Square.

Key design features include stages for community performances, smart benches with phone and laptop charging, flexible table settings next to areas set aside for pop-up food and drink vendors, turf areas with hammocks, an outdoor table tennis facility, and two bookable pods for workshops, meetings and activities.

With many more artworks, events and activities coming up in the #WodenExperiment, the best way to stay up to date is by visiting the #WodenExperiment Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wodenexperiment/

If you would like to book a pod, the stage, or activate the space, please contact: WodenExperiment@wcs.org.au with your enquiry.

Setting out the design of the geometric billabong for painting at the Woden Town Square.

Young and old crossing the bridge in the enlivened space at the Woden Town Square.

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