Viet Nam veteran Wayne Gaynor presenting Shalom year ten students Annie Landt and Lachlan King with certificates in appreciation of the wonderful mural shalom student painted for the Viet Nam drop in centre.
Viet Nam veteran Wayne Gaynor presenting Shalom year ten students Annie Landt and Lachlan King with certificates in appreciation of the wonderful mural shalom student painted for the Viet Nam drop in centre.

Students and veterans join for art

SHALOM College students have teamed up with Vietnam veterans in Bundaberg to create a unique piece of art for the Drop-in Centre.

Roger Keegan, who was president of the Bundaberg and District branch of the Vietnam Veterans of Australia, said members had been troubled by a blank wall on the outside of the Drop-in Centre.

“It was just a white wall, but someone had used the wrong paint and it kept peeling off,” he said.

“We decided to find some way to cover it up.”

Mr Keegan said several groups were approached, and eventually Shalom College agreed to help out.

“We got some plywood and I took it home and put undercoat on it then delivered it to the school,” he said.

The students supplied the paint and did the artwork.

What has been produced to cover the blank wall is a mural with a colourful and surrealistic set of images.

Shalom visual arts co-ordinator Paul Kellaway said when the Vietnam veterans approached the school, his year 10 class was working on a Surrealism unit.

“It's about dreams and nightmare and using everyday objects in different ways,” he said.

“We were told the veterans specifically did not want a military theme.”

Mr Kellaway said about 55 Shalom College students ended up working on the mural.

Yesterday some of the students joined the Vietnam veterans for morning tea at the Drop-in Centre to look at their artwork in place.

Mr Keegan said the veterans were “over the moon” with the result.

“It's not common, it's different, and we like it,” he said.

Mr Keegan said the veterans had discussed more projects with the school.



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