Endeavour House, called upon all local artists aged 16 years and above to help design a 12m x 32m mural wall on its prominent, external wall facing both traffic on Canberra Avenue and the main shopping precinct of Manuka. We warmly welcomed emerging, First Nations and People of Colour to apply.
The theme for our mural is climate change, as was chosen by the tenant community of Endeavour House and the local traders within Manuka shopping precinct. The theme of climate change was considered the most relevant and pressing issue facing our community.
Ethical Property will coordinate authority approval for the winning entry, as well as oversee installation of the design via banner over the wall, at Ethical Property’s own cost. The winning design will receive a separate $25,000 artist fee, with the design being decided by a public vote held in February 2021.
Please help us vote on the winning artwork and help bring colour to Manuka.
I think it would be good to have a constant reminder of what is important to the people directed at our politicians – who frequent Manuka regularly and in close range of Parliament House. I would really like the message to “SHOUT OUT LOUD!!!” because up to now – they are not listening. I would like the mural to reflect the impact on our wildlife and fauna as well as the degredation of quality of life as a result.
Because it’s the single most changeable cause of potential collapse for humankind. Climate Change is a serious issue created by humans and that can only be solved by humans. We need to be reminded of this every day so that we change our ways.
The loss and devastation being caused through climate change is phenomenal. We are losing amazing animals from across the globe due to this (and other human factors) and the fall out of climate change will continue to be felt across the world.
This is a picture of our ordinary ‘now’, which inaction could easily see become a memorial to our recent past.
This is about not looking away/ not shirking responsibility/ about seeing and being seen. Being seen by those we affect in our lack of effort is witnessed.
The difference between given and taken - shared and excluded.
This is about ordinary things. Bringing the everyday back into focus. Putting our collective attention to the local, for the local. This is about being present.
I have chosen to depict a group of Australian native birds meeting and holding the viewers gaze. They flow across the composition up and away, exiting at the top left hand corner.
The 2021 Doomsday Clock sits at 100 seconds to midnight, naming climate change as an existential threat to humanity. Former UN Climate Change Convention Chief Christiana Figueres states ‘This is the decade and we are the generation’. The five panels of my mural illustrate how the processes leading to resource depleted, climate ravaged futures are inexorably in motion, disregarding devastating toxic impacts on the ecosystems vital to sustaining all life on Earth. We are out of time. We must unite, rise up and stand strong to fight for our future. In Greta Thunberg’s words – RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW.
I chose a koala as a symbol of the climate struggle because their plight was in the forefront of everyones minds during the 2019/2020 bush fires.
I want to emphasise that it is not all doom and gloom, we can stop the worst impact of climate change if we act now. This is why we have firey red on the left moving to bright greens on the right as if it is a timeline - We are in a Climate Crisis, but if we Act Now, we can achieve Climate Recovery.
I always feel desperate when there’s a bad weather. When it rains, I think the sun may not come out again; when it fires, I think the fire may not end. So I want to draw this to show people who are also negative a little hope. Even during the fire season, some of the plants can still survive. And also I want to call on people to cherish every plant you see in this world, plants around you can remind you that you need to protect the world from climate change, so that you can still enjoy appreciating the plants.
My proposed design combines an illustration of a Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo (Zanda
funerea), perched on a branch of Banksia Integrifolia, with an abstract yet symbolic background. The
brush strokes, structure and colours of the piece reflect our lands biodiversity, indigenous heritage and environment. The backdrop features hints of a current climate crisis and a hope for movement towards a more environmentally conscious, and proactive world. The colour scheme represents bushfires,smoke and pollution on one side, flowing through to a depiction of a brighter future on the other; consisting of bluer skies, cleaner oceans and environmental regeneration. The word ‘hope’ subtly winds through the brushwork; a reminder that, to inspire change, we must remain optimistic for the potential of our world’s future.
For my mural design I’ve chosen to make the background black which represents the current dependence on oil and coal our society relies on. Black also represents negativity, burnt, hopelessness. Is this the darkest hour of the night?
My character represents the inactive government, but also the white space is a beacon of light and a plea to be active. The koala clings to his leg, somebody can help, and it is not too late.
Many people discuss climate change in the same manner as a choice of ice cream – “Would you like the vanilla or the chocolate?”
The reality is we do not have a choice. Our environment is becoming uninhabitable. The majority of first world countries can only live in our world with climate control devices in their homes, workplaces and vehicles. It is basic knowledge that change of habitat leads to extinction of a species yet the supposedly most intelligent species on the planet is intentionally destroying their own world.
Many people believe the recent bushfires are as bad as it gets. Let me tell you this is not the case. These fires will be repeated, they will be larger, more animals will be lost and floods will follow. If you are on the side of those that think this design is too confronting then turn off your air conditioner, grow your own food, gather your own water and walk to work. Don’t waste your words – live your convictions.
For the Endeavour House Mural, we would like to offer this image of a child of the next genera7on, using her own innate healing powers in trying to heal the forest, to make good the damage of her forebears. This is the reality that she is looking at. The 2020 Bushfires devastated South Eastern
Australia; its forests, its wildlife – biodiversity, ecosystems – precious natural heritage. At six years old she has already seen the village that her grandmother lives in (Cobargo NSW) become one of the worst affected. Fire, flood and storms are part of her future, and she like those of her
genera7on , will need to live with a consciousness that uses their knowledge to live with nature, not against it.
My approach is the big statement. A declaration. A design that works on the wall of Ethical Property House, and also on social media.The background image in the design is negotiable. Ideally it would be acrylic stencils, featuring local flora (leaves), and applied by hand. This could be a community project - involve the locals, and create a community buzz, which will generate a story for social media. Local ownership. Should the judges prefer a more indigenous flavour, then the abstract background design could be created by local aboriginal artists, under my guidance.
Rebirth invites the viewer to reflect on their choices, and decide what sort of planet we want to create and leave for future generations. Symbolism throughout the design portrays the current climate crisis, and our response through climate action and conservation. Spheres with geometric patterns on either side of the artwork represent the dry and cracked earth from increasing temperatures and drought. They are encompassed by orange and red rings - the colours of raging bushfires - and in particular the devastating 2019/2020 bushfires, whose severity was made worse by drought.
My piece is complicated because during the time frame that the mural will be there I want people to find new things within it to talk about and explore. The first 2 images on the far left are of placards that I made and used in climate change demonstrations. Next is an image (from one of my solo exhibitions “Stromlo Ghosts”) of my daughter wearing a dress of her great grandmother's. Here it represents the hope that parents have for their child's future. She is superimposed over a photo of the burnt out Mt Stromlo observatory destroyed in the Canberra fires (date 18012003- what happened on the other dates?). Red Rebels are part of Extinction Rebellion representing the blood of all species and are silent witnesses to the Earth's destruction. I am pleased to be one and enjoy performing at climate events. The balloons show the way of the future, Balloon woman is a bit of a tongue in cheek Banksy rip off!
The art work is depicting a man covered in petroleum, as it means he is blinded by the fact that climate change isn't real. He is biting a red key, to symbolize that he and us human beings are the solution to stop climate change. He is standing in front of a valley with trees cut down to make way for more human pollution. The eclipse with a key hole symbolized time and awareness.
My mural design incorporates both text and pictures as I felt the theme of Climate Change demanded a written call for action as well as striking imagery. ‘Mother Earth’ references the nurturing nature of and abundance of beauty and supplies that the world provides us with. I believe that the loaded meaning of ‘Mother’ is especially relevant in the context of Climate Change, as it is now up to us human beings to help restore, preserve and care for this incredible earth in the same motherly way that it has done for us. In short - Mother Earth matters and Climate Change is a matter we need to prioritise.
My mural design depicts six plant species found in the ACT: Gentianella muelleriana subsp. Jingerensis, Grevillea oxyantha, Grevillea neurophylla, Leptospermum namadgiense, Olearia sp. Rhizomatica and Prostanthera decussata. These plants are included in the Australian Government’s “Final list of plants requiring urgent management intervention” following the catastrophic 2019-2020 bushfire season.
Like so many other Australians, I have memories of this time which won’t easily be forgotten. I watched with dread as massive fires encroached on the properties of family and friends, and I worried about the health of my pregnant sister in the choking smoke haze. For months, we breathed in the powdery remains of billions of incinerated animals and plants. The smoke haze has long since dissipated, but the losses remain cavernous. The aim of my mural design was to raise awareness of species which are small and obscure. I wanted to illustrate them at a scale which makes them difficult to overlook.
The artist has designed a composition for the wall of Endeavour House that explores the two opposing sides of the climate change debate, and the consequences of inaction on global warming. Inspired by the recent bushfires in Australia during 2019-2020, the artwork features how our local landscape has
slowly began to regenerate and restore to green, rolling hills and bushscapes occupied by wildlife and flowers. The wind turbines and solar panels reflect Canberra’s role as a world leader on climate change, where we are now 100% powered by renewable energy. Below on grassy planes are garden beds brimming with produce which reflect our bush capitals passion for gardening and
Within this artwork the artist hopes to provoke meaningful discussion around climate change and the consequences of Government inaction on the protection of our environment, where local community members can discuss the themes within the artwork and how it reflects our community. The artwork also provides positive and practical ideas we can do at home such as Recycling, Re-Using and Re-
Purposing, that can contribute greatly towards our united action on environmental protection and climate change as we enter 2021.
The Future We Choose is inspired in part by the title of a book by former UN Executive Secretary for Climate Change, Christiana Figueres and senior political strategist for the Paris Agreement, Tom Rivett-Carnac. Both these organisations represent how critical it is that we act as a community on climate change. We have a choice, to accept the status quo or to act now. The renewables revolution is being led by scientists, industry and people like us, not our government. No more ‘alternative facts’, the science is clear and Canberra is leading the way. The artwork shifts from where we have been to the future we envision.
My mural design features an optimistic future, where animals, plants and humans live harmoniously. I
want people who see this mural to smile and have hope for the future.
This work aims to show current destructive actions on the left hand side and the transformation to
making better choices for a sustainable future with a good dose of playfulness.
In previous projects I've worked with school staff and hospital staff to create artworks based on
children's ideas. I get inspired by community consultation and bringing to life new ideas into my works.
If my work is chosen, I will incorporate more specific details about how to combat climate change.
This would include specific renewable technologies, endangered animals, smart transport options and
environmentally sustainable job alternatives. I would identify these through my own research and
working with Endeavour House.
The mural is about the effects of climate change to the animals. In this cubism artwork, you can find some hidden animals that will become extinct because of what's happening. There is a penguin, whale and a polar bear that is mostly affected by climate change. I placed the words CANT FIND US BECAUSE CLIMATE CHANGED because this will be the effects of the change. I also emphasised the hidden words FIND US MATE to let people think and act on saving these animals. I want people to realise that in the future where the climate still changes, these animals will be nowhere to be found. With this mural a could add more hidden animals if directed.
I chose the Bogong Moths for this mural because they are so ordinary looking, small and grey brown. They can be something of a nuisance to people. They’ll never be a poster child for environment and climate campaigns. And yet, they are an integral part of Canberra’s distinct beauty. Studied in detail, understood as part of a complex ecosystem, and seen en masse, they are absolutely extraordinary.
Juxtaposed with the petrol station, cars and garbage bins, the mural might have been conceived as a billboard, shouting loudly. Instead, ‘Ordinary Luminance’ it is a reminder of the beauty of even the smallest species which must be celebrated and fought for, through collective action and collective reverence.
How can we, as citizens of the ACT, adapt our behaviours to support the survival of the Bogong Moth, and by extension, the Mountain Pygmy Possum, the Flame Robin, Raven, Pied Currawong, the Rainbow Trout, and so many other interdependant species?
I’ve chosen a beautiful image of a mother polar bear and two cubs and over laid them with a jig-saw puzzle pattern and strategically have left out some pieces. Initial impact will be this glorious image of mother hood/ nature/ cute curious cubs in a pristine environment. Then the viewer is going to notice the puzzle pattern and then caused to ponder the missing pieces. Subtly I’m saying there is a few pieces of the puzzle that we are missing in our stewardship of the planet. Hopefully when we apply our ingenuity and skills, so we can solve this puzzle in the near future, saving our polar bears and planet in the process.
This mural design was created to show the two contrasting paths our beautiful planet will progress forward down. Our decisions as individuals and as a collective group will determine which of these futures unfolds for humanity, so the two sides of the image show just how significant our
actions are and how important it is to take immediate action.
The constant flow of time and our actions will inevitably create our future and there is a clear stark contrast between the beautiful utopia and the dry desolate polluted wasteland. Time is always ticking, and time is running out. We are all responsible for our actions and we need to make
the right choices for ourselves, others and the environment for this generation and the generations to come.
I was inspired by bush fires happened in Australia in 2019 - 2020, when more than 10 millions hectares were burnt and over one billion animals died. I’ve been thinking that this disaster might be a warning , that climate change is a real danger, especially for Australia, and it’s closer than I thought. Depicted dragon is a metaphor of a ruthless destructive power which is going to turn beautiful land in lifeless desert.
My message is that we must stop the dragon from growing up too big, while it’s not too late.
Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal and my aim is to use the power of science to communicate the urgency for climate change in a striking and intelligent way. ‘Climate Spikes’ is an abstract interpretation of Time Series Plots that illustrate the change in global surface temperatures. (This abstract graph is broadly-based on the data prepared by the Climateic Research Unit and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).
The transition from cool blues to hot reds portrays long-term temperature trends and highlights the extreme differences over the years. Additionally, the cool blues represent calm and peace, which are contrasted by hot dramatic reds, creating a sense of emergency.
I want to inspire conversation by creating a unique and non-literal interpretation of climate change that’s thought-provoking and aesthetically pleasing.