Students of St Stephens painted a huge mural in Glenn Butchers office, a commemorative artwork to the closing, which will close at the end of the year. Inset, State MP Glenn Butcher with St Stephens students and art teacher.
Students of St Stephens painted a huge mural in Glenn Butchers office, a commemorative artwork to the closing, which will close at the end of the year. Inset, State MP Glenn Butcher with St Stephens students and art teacher.

From "ugly” brown bricks to colourful mural in State MP's office

FROM the day he stepped into office, our State MP Glenn Butcher had been trying to come up with a way to cover the "ugly” brown bricks in the building foyer.

The idea for an art class within the region to cover it with a painted mural arose, and St Stephens Lutheran College put its hand up.

The mural took five months to complete, with students meeting at the office every Thursday for an hour.

The students were told the mural needed to reflect Gladstone.

Now, a picturesque scene of multicolours of a harbour, wildlife, a boy fishing on a jetty with moored boats, and QAL lights up the office.

Art teacher Melissa Hartsorn said she jumped at the idea.

"I was obviously very excited,” she said.

Students of St Stephens painted a huge mural in Glenn Butchers office, a commemorative artwork to the closing, which will close at the end of the year.
Students of St Stephens painted a huge mural in Glenn Butchers office, a commemorative artwork to the closing, which will close at the end of the year.

"The students all brainstormed ideas and I created the design.

"They then sketched up the design and painted it.”

Year 10 student Roshni Mtengezanwa said: "I really enjoyed blending out the two colours used for the water for the crocodile.”

Lily Dykstra, Year 3, said the most enjoyable thing was working as a team with the other students.

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said at first he wasn't sure about the idea, but now he couldn't be happier.

"The painting captures Gladstone perfectly and the Art Club did such a great job,” he said.

"It is so much nicer than looking at the ugly brown bricks and brightens up the whole office.”



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