Youthful mosaics for new Queanbeyan precinct

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Ben Cowe and Grayce Cooper working on the Youth mosaic.
STUDENTS from the Queanbeyan High School Student Representative Council have been putting the finishing touches to three mosaics for the new Crawford Street lifestyle precinct, where they are expected to be on display for at least 50 years.

The students have been working on the mosaics after school every Monday for several months under the watchful eye of  mosaic artist Kim Grant, who helped with the designs for the mosaics and also taught the finer points of her art.

All materials were provided by Queanbeyan City Council’s Community Arts Program.

Originally the Council only asked the pupils to take on making one mosaic, but later offered them the option to make two more.

The first one, complete with a brilliant yellow sunburst,  represents education, the second one shows silhouetted sporting figures and the third one, still being completed, illustrates the vigour of  youth.

Student Grayce Cooper explained that the final “vigour of youth” mosaic would feature bright colours, sparkly bits and musical notes. And yes, the process required a lot of patience.

Hayley Phelps, who like the others hoped the mosaics would last more than 50 years, said “they’ll be there for grandkids to see”.

The students will help install their art works in cast-concrete seating blocks along Crawford Street, between Monaro and Morisset streets.

The members thanked their teachers Michael Guilfoyle, David  Hearne and Shane Hethrington, saying “we have enjoyed immensely making the mosaics and are looking forward to the opening Crawford Street, so we can see our work on display and we hope the Queanbeyan community will also enjoy it”.

Ty and Hayley Phelps with the completed education and sport mosaics.

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