Timbertop Parade and Fields Street, Aintree (Rockbank)
Commissioned by the City of Melton to produce a 360 mural on a power box in consultation with the local South Sudanese community - Akuar Athokbekdit.
Designs were produced after discussions around the crane as a symbol of peace and embracing in South Sudan. Reeds play an important role for the natural environment but also have an economic significance, where they are sold and used for such things as weaving. Two phrases are repeated throughout the work written in the Dinka language, translating to ‘United community win more together’ and ‘Words that give people hope’. Executed in blue to symbolise the river where the bird feeds, and a river of hope flowing through community.
The South Sudanese Community group: Akuar Athokbekdit is founded by people of the Akuar Community to assist members in their settlement process and embrace peace. Most are families with young children and migrated South from the Northern part of Sudan. Akuar means to embrace for peace, Athokbekdit means the beak of a long crane (a peaceful bird). The group have around 80 members.