PAINTED OVER: Trinity Catholic College’s Year 11 art students (back from left) Mollie Halligan, Bronte Gardiner, Johanna Cook-Van Rotterdam, (front from left) Kirsty Gordon, Ellen Murray-Prior and Carissa James have painted a mural over graffiti at the Dawson St underpass.
PAINTED OVER: Trinity Catholic College’s Year 11 art students (back from left) Mollie Halligan, Bronte Gardiner, Johanna Cook-Van Rotterdam, (front from left) Kirsty Gordon, Ellen Murray-Prior and Carissa James have painted a mural over graffiti at the Dawson St underpass. Richard Forbes

Art students draw on talent to stop graffiti

TRINITY Catholic College's Year 11 art students have tackled the problem of graffiti in Lismore's Dawson St underpass.

Spokeswoman for the 21 students, Mollie Halligan, said the graffiti "just became too much".

"Our art teacher, Ms Martello, had wanted to do a mural for some time and this was the perfect place and perfect opportunity," the 17-year-old said.

"At a meeting, we tossed ideas around and agreed on including the environment into any mural.

"We were inspired by this area so we've replicated it with the rainforest on one side and an ocean scene on the other.

"We incorporated things that remind us of the area and built on it every day.

"I believe we've captured the saying, 'where the mountains meet the sea'. It includes the region's Aboriginal heritage, with an enormous eagle watching from overhead."

Every 50 minutes for three days, the artists dodged pedestrian traffic as students from Trinity and St Carthage's moved under Dawson St.

Carissa James said that everyone "was sick of seeing graffiti so we used graffiti-proof paint to achieve what we did".

"I did some of the Aboriginal mural, including my totem, the Bora rings, and the eagle on the roof."

A memorial inscription identifies the artists.


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