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The chatter about the Owl mural as apart of FUSED is still making the press, the link to another great article here! Thank you for getting behind this initiative https://www.ipswichfirst.com.au/learn-what-this-new-mural-…/
So we have an amazing piece of street art now on the back wall of Arttime Supplies, Ipswich and Goleby's Basement and I'm sure you would like to know the rationale behind it so here are a few word from the artist Mike Shankster.
This artwork represents the eternal and never ending process of learning. Art and design has taught me that nothing comes easily without years hard work. Through this work, I wish to inspire the youth and community of Ipswich with the powerful image o...f the owl.
Large scale works like these enliven public spaces, inviting engagement from both those that belong within the local Ipswich community and the passer by, to reflect on the natural and cultural aspirations of this city showcased and brought to life in a modern cultivation of growth, motivation and artistic development.
l wish to particularly inspire the youth and community of Ipswich with the symbolic image of the owl, used to universally represent intelligence and wisdom. The motto (displayed on your coat of arms) ‘Confide Recte Aguts’ - ‘Be confident in doing right’ is realised further in the inclusion of the soaring owl in the work; showcasing growth, development and rising above adversities, in the spreading of it’s wings. A bundle of arrows are used to symbolise strength, as a single arrow can easily be broken. In this work, the use of a bundle of arrows held by the owl, draws the link to the strength in the collective community of Ipswich.
I predominantly paint wildlife artwork in a suburban environment to inject colour and life by creating a window to the imagination of the passer by.
"Imagination allows us to escape the predictable, it enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar by saying, “just watch” "- Bill Bradley