The Visual Art Wellbeing project at Westport Campus is ready to commence thanks to the support of UNICEF Australia. 

Hastings Secondary College Westport Campus is using the grant funds provided by UNICEF Australia to develop the concept of a visual wellbeing outdoor artwork at Westport Campus.

This week the commissioned artist, Kim McLean and student project leader, Samuel Cleary, commenced their detailed design implementation.

Sam's concept and objective are to visually show the campus community how COVID-19 has helped the world and connect students to their environment.

Sam said he believes that COVID-19 has helped people, the world and the environment. Just look at the changes that have been witnessed across the globe, he said. 

COVID-19 has affected our daily lives in an unprecedented range of ways, from physical distancing to travel bans. But the pandemic is also influencing our planet.

Air pollution levels have dropped significantly since quarantines and shutdowns were put in place to contain COVID-19. Around the world, we have seen Italy's relaunch decree helps homeowners install solar photovoltaic systems for free, modular emergency hospital pop-ups built in cities across the globe. We have learnt how to cook, spend time with family, develop ideas for sustainable housing and have seen dolphins swimming in Venice.

The visual reminder for students is all about how they connect to their environment, and to not take the environment for granted. Sam wants his campus community to feel happy and grateful for our environment.

Sam has surveyed fellow students to add motivational design elements to the artwork which will be placed on the painting through the use of leaves. The words which will be designed on gum leaves will provide inspiration and connection to all our students.

Sam and Kim hope to have the project completed by the end of the year. An official opening will take place along with a morning tea. We look forward to providing our community with updates along the way.

Shout out to Mrs Frater, LEAP Teacher for her guideance and support working with Sam to uncover his talents.