Bowral, NSW

Anthem Aged Care

Bowral, NSW

Anthem Aged Care

We have worked on some cool projects in some unexpected places over the years and when the owners, operators and builders of Anthem Aged Care contacted us to see if we could create some artwork for their residents in Bowral, NSW to enjoy we got pretty excited. When we drove to the site for a visit while it was still under construction we learned very quickly that these guys were focussed on creating the best and most caring environment possible for their residents.

To have the opportunity to positively impact the experience of the residents of this aged care home was such an exciting and fulfilling prospect for us. The brief was clear from the outset - create artwork that people could relate to, something calming for one floor (the respite ward) and art that residents and workers could spend hours enjoying.

 

Nature-based calming respite ward mural artwork, Danny Awes

Nature-based calming respite ward mural artwork, Danny Awes

In developing a concept direction, we agreed that Australian flora and fauna would be a well-suited theme for the space. On three different levels of the facility we designed and produced three different murals. The goal was to create paintings that could be viewed over and over with the ability to always find something new.

Our residents love the paintings Dan created for us. Many of them spend time sitting and taking in the colour and energy of the art. Some residents have conversations with the birds. The paintings have bought real joy to the residents, their families and the staff.

Kathryn Blissett, Anthem Aged Care
Cockatoo dining room mural artwork, Danny Awes

Cockatoo dining room mural artwork, Danny Awes

To ensure we were able to complete these artworks within the quoted and allocated timeline we worked closely with the developers and builders who were able to organise painters and plasterers to complete the spaces for us using a staggered approach. We spent two weeks on site producing these murals.

We travelled back to Bowral to photograph the murals some months after the residents had moved in and spoke to some of the carers while we were there. They said the residents loved the artworks. We were introduced to a lady who was 102 years of age who sat in one spot every afternoon to look at and talk to one of the lorikeets. Talk about a piece of work with a serious feel-good factor.

Close up of Lorikeet wing, Danny Awes

Close up of Lorikeet wing, Danny Awes

657 Cans of spray paint

298 Colors

128 Hours to paint

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