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In October 2004 Jimmy.C travelled to Coober Pedy to meet with students from the highschool and other members of the community to develop design ideas to paint three murals, which would become new welcoming signs by the sides of the highway. Local indigenous artist Leila Marie Stewart Likouresis was to work along side Jimmy to assist with the designs, workshops and mural painting. A series of workshops took place in the high school and in the Umoona community to introduce participants to the techniques of the aerosol can. Over 100 local kids contributed to design concepts and participated in the workshops. Jimmy then returned to Adelaide to consolidate the design concept before returning to begin the mural painting. Over the next two weeks three murals were painted with the assistance of the local kids. These murals reflected the landscape and its traditions, and the cultural history of Coober Pedy, including the film industry and of course the opal industry. As Coober Pedy is a town with about 42 different nationalities, an image of a centipede with the different flags was incorporated into the mural. Indigenous designs referencing the land and its bush tucker framed each end of the murals, and the image of footsteps became a theme to link each wall. This project was assisted by the Australia Council, Country Arts SA, with support from the Coober Pedy District Council and the Umoona Community.
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Destination - Coober Pedy..
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One of the walls to be painted
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Jimmy. C during a design workshop in the high school
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One of the participants in Umoona in front of her piece
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Kids at Umoona
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Mural painting begins with Leila working on the centre circle
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Daniel paints a dug out.(fly-nets had to be worn during the painting, to keep the flies away.)
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Participants work on the flags
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The completed three walls...
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