Merton Council commissioned local mural artist, Sarah Hubert, to paint a mural running the length of the children’s play area in Garfield Recreation Ground, Wimbledon, as part of the park’s redevelopment programme.
The completed mural follows a fun day organised by the council in October. Sarah invited local children to draw pictures of insects to be incorporated into the mural. As the work of art took shape, children from Garfield Primary School and The Priory Primary School submitted drawings of animals and sea creatures. Many of their pictures were copied by Sarah onto the mural.
Called Dancing Décor, Sarah Hubert’s business specialises in murals for children. She has painted several murals in primary schools, playgrounds, and children’s bedrooms. Sarah is an environmentally-friendly artist, using only biodegradable paint and transports her materials by bicycle and trailer. Sarah’s work can be seen at http://www.dancingdecor.com
Merton Council cabinet member for environment and leisure services, Councillor David Simpson said: “We always try to get the local community involved as much as possible with any council initiative. Working with local artists like Sarah is a great way of engaging with young people in a creative and innovative way.
‘We are committed to enhancing the borough’s parks which are such a great asset for Merton and play an important part in the quality of life of local residents.’
Sarah said: “One of the most rewarding parts of this project was when the children came into the park after school and, with great excitement, saw that their drawings had been addded to the mural.”
Teacher at The Priory Church of England primary school Saramila Suntaramoorthy said: “I’m so proud of what the children have done, and they are all so pleased to see their ideas come to life in Sarah’s wonderful mural.”
Everyone can see the mural by logging on to http://www.merton.gov.uk/garfield_recreation_ground – or by going to Garfield Park.