Art. Bright and brilliant, residents at Emmerton Park may now enjoy a moment in the sun to admire the work of local artists and volunteers.
A new mural depicting a scene typical to Tasmanian gardens was recently created for the aged care home.
Designed by Fran Joyce, the mural was brought to life by her and fellow artists Tim Broom and Pat Joyce as well as Emmerton Park volunteers Rhonda Flood and Dianne Smith.
“We’re not artists,” says Rhonda, “I’d barely picked up a paintbrush before but it was absolutely wonderful, and they were so encouraging.”
After preparing the blank canvas, a calming scene began to emerge as the mural took place.
Featuring native Tasmanian sun orchids and a monarch butterfly, the piece is designed to enhance the lives of residents.
“An Australian native scene was chosen to depict a familiar home-like environment for those residents in our care who have dementia,” says registered nurse Paul Borg.
“The mural and its recognisable characteristics help residents to enjoy the outdoors just as if they were in their own front garden.”
The larger than life mural brings a new lease on life to the back end of an old shed as well as wonder to residents and staff alike.
“The mural is clearly seen and appreciated from many advantage points,” says Paul.
“[It] is not only enjoyed by those who wish to adventure out in the garden but may also be enjoyed inside as residents enjoy a meal by the garden or partake in day to day activities.”
Materials were donated by Treasure Chest and Emmerton Park to create the piece which came together in only three days.
Broom, renowned for his stencil art and Smithton series ‘Where’s Ollie?’, left a final touch hiding in the garden haven – two illustrations of the beloved pup.
The aged care home has further plans to expand on the native garden concept with familiar, fragrant and vibrantly coloured plants and shrubs to adorn the outside area and provide sensory stimulation and a sense of place for residents.
UPDATED: An earlier version of this article incorrectly read Diane Smedley where it should have read Dianne Smith.