La Vista and La Serene get a colourful boost with new street art project

The residents of La Vista and La Serene can enjoy a brighter pathway to the Plaza these days, following the completion of an innovative street art project.

The project came about after residents noticed an increase in graffiti affecting Discovery Bay, in particular the culverts along the path to La Vista/ La Serene.

Rather than just painting over it, the Village Owners Committee (VOC) decided that this was the perfect opportunity to do something different and go one step further by commissioning some proper street art designs.

The suggestion, put forward by committee member Haydn Ridd, was warmly welcomed by the VOC, and it was agreed that the local community should be an integral part of the project.

Phase 1 of the project focused on two initial designs, '3D Maze' and 'The Butterfly", created and painted by two students from Discovery College, Cynthia (Chunze) Chin and Gigi Ho.

Phase 2 was led by Discovery College's head of visual art, Fiona Altoft, and involved a class of younger students who took on the challenge of painting the remaining culverts. Using the exercise as a real-life project for the class, Fiona helped the children prepare plans, drafts and stencils in advance, and worked with them on the day to complete the project in just one morning!

The resulting paintings have received an enthusiastic response from the community, with many positive comments being received.

The VOC would like to express its thanks to City Management for supporting the project, and for cleaning the road and the culverts ahead of work getting underway.

Recognition also goes to the Village Management team for its hard work in preparing the area on the day.

"It was a lively morning," said Haydn. "There was so much energy amongst the kids, and whilst they clearly loved painting the culverts (and even their t-shirts!), it was amazing how well-behaved they are were, and how clean they kept the whole area."

Congratulations to everyone involved in the project. What a wonderful celebration of DB talent!

Photos: Haydn Ridd

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