Rutherford mural paints community pride
Three striking murals have been unveiled in a Rutherford social housing complex in a placemaking collaboration between housing services and the community.
Facilitated by Compass Housing Services, the project has seen artworks created along a footpath between Harvey Parade and Churchill Crescent. Creatives from UP&UP tackled the sides of two buildings, and surrounding residents and local students worked together to design and paint a rainbow serpent on a 20 metre long fence.
The fence had been heavily tagged with graffiti.
Almost 50 students from Telarah Public, Rutherford Public and Rutherford Technology High schools were involved, with the aim to include local children who may not have previously been engaged with their community.
“It was important that they work on the area,” Compass’ Tenant Engagement Officer Melissa Hope said.
“They are the ones who have to live here, so we wanted them to have a part in it.”
Churchill Crescent resident Donna Wuellner also took part and said she was thrilled with the outcome.
“It’s where you live, you want it to be a safe and happy environment,” she said.
“You do see a lot of people walk up here to just look at it.
“I bring family and friends and they’re just amazed at the job.”
The murals are one of seven projects Compass will undertake with a $250,000 grant from round three of the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund. It was the first art project Compass has secured through the fund.