Where: Fernbank Children’s Centre
When: April 2018
Topic: African landscape / animals
Year groups: Early Years
Scenes of Kenya in Hackney
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the mural design.
Commissioned by Fernbank Children’s Centre in Hackney, the aim of the mural was to bring colour and excitement into the children’s play area by representing the wildlife of Africa. The scene is inspired by photos of Kenya. Flamingoes wade in the lake, white rhino, of which the last male of this species sadly died in March 2018 are pictured enjoying the grass and a family of gazelle relax in the sun.
The original artworks were painted in watercolour. The landscape was created to an A1 scale. Individual studies of the animals were created and then layered into a digital file bringing the scene together. This was then sent to a printer for application onto 3mm aluminium composite with anti-graffiti film.
The finished mural measures 4.8m wide x 1.6m high. The panels have a high gloss finish and offer a modern looking alternative to painted brickwork. The aluminium panels were installed against the garden wall for the children to enjoy.
Illustrator: Claire WT
The Big Draw these for 2019 was Drawn to Life. Art Hoppers in partnership with Rich Mix, City & Hackney Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and local families discuss art and well-being via two community events for The Big Draw festival 2019. A community artwork is up on permanent display in Dalston CLR James Library in Hackney as a result of the project.