Devil Street Art Spreads Slow Down Message
A new Devil mural wall art in Hobart brings to life an innovative work for the dole project and helps spread the message to slow down on the roads between dusk and dawn to save wildlife.
The interactive digital mural was officially launched in Hobart on Thursday 12 January and Sam Fox went along to speak and represent the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program.
The Devil mural is located at Sultans Market Place Car Park in Hobart. It is a partnership project produced by Kickstart Arts with My Pathway, Workskills and Sultan Holdings.
My Pathway Project Manager Craig Williams says the project uses art as a call for action to slow down on the roads to save the Tasmanian devil.
"Street art causes connections and it asks hard questions," Craig says. "The people who park here will come down each night and see the message in the mural. It becomes iconic and an incentive to change speed on the way home."
Craig says the project involved professional artists collaborating with people seeking employment. "It gives people skills and real-life experience. It is not just creating an art work - it is the opportunity to work with professional artists and gain confidence."
Craig also acknowledged the work of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program.
Sam Fox told the audience while the annual road kill statistics for the devil are alarming, it is encouraging to be involved in a project that aims to educate people.
"This mural is a fantastic way to bring general awareness to the public about the devil's plight," Sam says. "Talking to public groups and local communities about road kill is a key part of the STDP work and on behalf of the program, we are excited to be a part of this important initiative."
Professional artist Jamin says the Devil mural is made up of small stencils of a shrub or native species.
"The mural was constructed one leaf at a time and each bush and animal has been individually created step by step," he explains. "I am thrilled by the end result - the guys working on this project absolutely rocked it!"
Jamin says the mural is innovative because it uses digital technologies, projection mapping and touch sensitive paint.