Kid Space mural highlights Chermside plane crash
NORTHEAST teenagers armed with spray cans are transforming a bland green wall at Kid Space, Chermside, into a vibrant mural depicting the history of the area.
The art project is part of an initiative to target graffiti hot spots, increase Brisbane’s vibrancy and develop a stronger sense of pride in the community for local young people.
The youth artists have been inspired by accounts from the Chermside and District Historical Society, especially of a military plane crash during World War II near Hamilton Rd in which the American pilot was killed.
Chermside’s Kittyhawk Drive was named to commemorate the crash, although it might have been a P-47 Thunderbolt that crashed in Sparkes’ Paddock, now 7th Brigade Park, on November 13, 1943, the society reported on their website.
All youth welcome
A Brisbane City Council spokesperson said the mural was being painted on Thursday afternoons as part of the Walls and Colours Project that council was implementing using Federal Government money.
“The mural will take three to four weeks to be completed. All young people are welcome to attend the workshops on Thursday afternoons.”
The project is in partnership with Jugglers Art Space and the local youth organisation including Community Connections, Zillmere Community Centre and Jabiru as well as the local high schools.
“Young people from the local area have been attending weekly workshops at Kid Space since December 2013 to develop the concepts for the mural,” the council spokesperson said.