Bayside Council's new mural is taking wing at the Brighton-Le-Sands foreshore.
The detail added to the mural today by artist David Cragg features a Yellow Tail Black Cockatoo sitting in a Banksia tree, amongst the blooms and pods.
The mural decorates three containers that Bayside Council placed on the foreshore site where a number of trees were cut down by vandals in July.
The area contains the type of vegetation essential to feed native birds including Casuarina and Banksia, the trees targeted by vandals.
The mural is expected to be completed by the weekend.
Artist shares his point of view at Brighton foreshore
Bayside Council has engaged David Cragg, a renowned visual artist and muralist from the Illawarra region, to design and paint a mural across the three shipping containers placed along the foreshore where a number of trees were recently vandalised.
After the trees at Brighton-Le-Sands were cut down with chainsaws on July 15, the council decided to stop any future vandalism by placing three containers at the site.
The trees were near the intersection of The Grand Parade and Bruce Street, the vicinity of where about 12 trees were cut down last October.
The council then sought an artist to use the containers as a blank canvas to create a vibrant work of art celebrating the area's natural environment.
David was selected after outlining his vision for the mural.
In pitching his design concept he wrote:
"The Bayside area contains numerous tracts of urban canopy, essential to the diet of the Yellow Tail Black Cockatoo, namely Casuarina and Banksia, sadly the trees targeted by vandals.
"The design will feature a large image of the Yellow Tail Black Cockatoo sitting in a Banksia tree, amongst the blooms and pods.
"The background will be a representation of the coastal heath dunes, reference the precolonial landscape, rife with rolling hillsides swarmed in trees, capped off by a pastel evening sky.
"Small flocks of the yellow tail black cockatoo, which is becoming increasingly rare, can be found in Brighton-le-sands and Botany," David said.
David started work on the mural today and it will take four days to complete.
The council is also replacing the vandalised trees with fresh plantings at the site.
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