1200 tiny wooden homes are being decorated across the Swan Hill region as part of HOME Swan Hill – Harmony Day’s 2017 community project.
Volunteers at the Swan Hill Woodworkers Group and Kerang Men’s Shed have crafted the small wooden houses using donated timber from Karinie Building Supplies and Dahlsens (Kerang and Swan Hill).
In recent weeks and throughout March, community groups, schools and playgroups will take part in workshops to paint them.
Harmony Day organiser and Regional Arts Victoria Creative Arts Facilitator Kim Bennett said participants were asked to reflect on what ‘home’ means to them.
“This project encourages people to think about what home means to them – is it a physical place, an emotion, a sense of belonging?” she said.
“We have seen some beautiful homes created already, with themes of agriculture, animals and plenty with personal items attached. We’ve also seen some bright and playful ones made by the storytime kids at the Swan Hill Regional Library.”
The little houses will form an interactive art installation at Harmony Day in Swan Hill on 25 March. People attending Harmony Day will have the chance to take a HOME with them as a memento.
“We’re hoping to create some connections at Harmony Day between those who have painted a HOME and those who attend,” Ms Bennett said.
“Many of our creative HOME builders will be attending the event. I am sure they’ll be looking out for their special piece of art and be curious who gets to take it home,” she said.
To find out more, you can visit Swan Hill Harmony Day on Facebook or contact Kim Bennett at Regional Arts Victoria on 5032 5269.
Harmony Day has become a signature event on Swan Hill’s calendar, attracting thousands of people each year. In 2017 it will be held at Swan Hill’s Riverside Park on Saturday, 25 March from 4pm to 8pm. It will include a community kitchen selling food from around the globe, a fashion parade and kids’ activities.
Seven-piece funk/reggae/folk band Sol Nation will headline. There will also be a Japanese martial arts demonstration, Japanese painting demo by Seifu, Swan Hill District Band, a Korean gospel group and traditional dances from local cultural groups.
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