Posted on 20 October, 2023

A World of Petals

A World of Petals

Darwin High School has an amazing new school mural that represents Diversity, one of the school's core values created by Year 12 visual art student Hayley Ryan.

By Hayley Ryan

My idea is to represent the identities of various members of the local Darwin High School community whilst also referencing our environment. Illustrated in my concept are varying species of flora found both within the coastal area that surrounds the school and from across other nations and regions. In my idea I want to represent the heritage of people from across the school, without necessarily illustrating people, approaching the idea more conceptually. Additionally, the flora illustrated can be found in multiple regions across the world and so one flower may mean something different between people.

Featured in the artwork from left to right:

  • Sunflowers – representative of Russia and Ukraine
  • Silver Fern- representative of New Zealand
  • English Rose- representative of England
  • African Lily- representative of Africa, specifically Egypt
  • Orchid- representative of China
  • Poppies – representative of Greece and areas of the Middle East
  • Frangipanni- representative of the coastal areas in Darwin that surround the school
  • Tulips- representative of Turkey and Holland
  • Jasmine- representative of the Philippines, Pakistan and Syria
  • Lotus flower – representative of Vietnam and India

You will find Hayley's mural on the wall in the corridor between the two C Block buildings.

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