Cowshed turns kids’ art into totem poles

Anne Gilmour, Lesley Knox, Anita Newman, Kate Wood and Merrilyn Langford with some of the mosaics that will be installed at McDougall Park. Picture: Matthew Poon d397803
Anne Gilmour, Lesley Knox, Anita Newman, Kate Wood and Merrilyn Langford with some of the mosaics that will be installed at McDougall Park. Picture: Matthew Poon d397803

Featuring artwork adapted from local primary school students’ drawings, all but four of the 36 panels were completed during the McDougall Park Open Day for South Perth Fiesta on March 23.

‘Local children from two- years-old to teenagers and their parents came along, and the amount of work we got done truly exceeded our expectations,’ she said.

‘At this rate, we will have the mosaics finished and grouted on to the playground totem poles by mid-April.’

Ms Langford said they followed the children’s drawings precisely to ensure the finished product kept the young artists’ personality and innocence.

‘During a visit to the park, the students’ art teachers asked them to simply draw what they saw,’ she said.

‘Because of this, we had a fantastic range of drawings to choose from such as turtles, seagulls, dogs, swings, the flying fox and skateboards.

‘We even have some fairies ” I haven’t seen any lately, but perhaps I’m not looking hard enough.’

Ms Langford said the 20 Cowshed members had spent more than 500 hours working on the project since January.

‘I’m very proud, we have a great group of ladies here and it is very rewarding to give back to the park and community,’ she said.