Hello Koalas. A public art project. Located in the Port Macquarie Hastings region, NSW from September 2014 – December 2015. Fifty large-scale koala sculptures, manufactured in fibreglass & hand painted & decorated by artists, to create an official Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail. A forward thinking project linking the creativity of artists, business sponsorship and the power of tourism, conceived by Arts and Health Australia.
I am thrilled to be able to say I was commissioned to paint not one, but two koalas.
Komorebi, was chosen to be sponsored by World Par-Tea, an Australian owned retailer & wholesaler specialising in chemical free loose leaf teas of the highest grade and quality.
Komorebi is a Japanese word which translates as, ‘sunlight filtering through the leaves on trees’. In reference to the koala’s forest habitat up high in trees. To see a koala for yourself requires you to also enjoy komorebi – looking up into the sunlight filtered by the leaves on trees.
The second koala was a commission. Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries had signed up early on as a sponsor, but there was no koala design submitted that was a good match for their business. So the Hello Koalas team went looking for an artist and thankfully they found my food themed paintings. I was asked to create a luscious, fresh food design based around the produce of the business.
Hello Berry Beautiful.