All power to trio of young artists

MAKEOVER: Southern Cross School K–12 students (from left) Jack Hawkins, Abby Miller and Cassie Kellett this week finished painting a mural on this Essential Energy transformer box in Chickiba Dr, East Ballina.
MAKEOVER: Southern Cross School K–12 students (from left) Jack Hawkins, Abby Miller and Cassie Kellett this week finished painting a mural on this Essential Energy transformer box in Chickiba Dr, East Ballina.

DOROTHY McCall of East Ballina is impressed with the quality of the art of three youths, and the fact that their work has transformed an "eyesore".

Dorothy sent the Advocate a photograph of an Essential Energy transformer box on Chickiba Dr on which Southern Cross School K-12 Year 9 students Jack Hawkins, Abby Miller and Cassie Kellett have painted a mural.

She said the graffiti that previously adorned the box was not only an eyesore to locals but to all those who passed the electrical box on their way to Southern Cross school.

The artwork is the result of a partnership struck between Ballina Shire Council and Essential Energy earlier this year, in which the council finds artists to paint transformer boxes and Essential Energy provides the funds.

The Chickiba Dr box is the first to be painted, and there are another three boxes to be done.

The scheme aims to reduce the amount of graffiti on the boxes.

About four years ago Essential Energy had transformer boxes painted at Byron Bay, and a spokesperson said that had significantly reduced graffiti attacks on the boxes.

For the Ballina students, the project has offered the chance to hone their artistic talents.

First, they had to come up with the design. They decided to paint one side - the "good side" - with Australian native flora and fauna, and the other side - the "bad side" - with introduced species.

The students used various art techniques on the project.

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