Milligan children tickled pink by art

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Artist Brenton See puts the finishing touches on his mural at Milligan House Child Care Centre.
Camera IconArtist Brenton See puts the finishing touches on his mural at Milligan House Child Care Centre. Credit: Supplied / Milligan House Child Care Centre

Milligan House Child Care Centre has been splashed with colour as a renowned artist works to create eye-catching artworks inspired by local wildlife.

Brenton See has been transforming otherwise dull infrastructure at the community-based centre, including a sea container which now features a bright and impressive black cockatoo.

Director Tessa Stewart said the sea container was put in the centre’s play yard several years ago and it had become an eyesore in a natural outdoor environment.

“We saw Brenton had finished a mural in Burekup and I thought that a mural with Australian animals and plants would be perfect for the sea container and would be something the children would cherish on a daily basis,” Mrs Stewart said.

“Brenton is a very talented and inspiring man.

“While he is in the town he is painting in, he tries to spend 20 hours or more in the bush/nature capturing local plants and wildlife.

“This is what then inspires his work for that unique community mural.”

The art project also features a tree frog, gecko, magpie and possum — all of which have captured the imagination of the centre’s children.

“The children have been lucky enough to watch Brenton paint the murals each day,” Mrs Stewart said.

“They’ve watched him create different animals that have turned into conversations about their sounds, where they live, what they eat etc.

“The educators have followed on from these comments the children have made and are now looking at other animals within the Bunbury community.”

The not-for-profit organisation raised money to bring the art project to life and hopes the results will be enjoyed by children for many years to come.

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