Butterfly Walks - beautifying are streets with art
BUTTERFLY MURAL LAUNCHED IN KATOOMBA
After several years of planning and community fundraising, not the least being a special fund-raising dinner ably-organized by Maurice Cooper OAM, the Butterfly Walk (Mural) planned for Katoomba has finally been installed in Davies Lane, alongside Katoomba Newsagency. An initiative between Cittaslow Katoomba Blue Mountains and Katoomba Chamber of Commerce and Community, the Mural has been designed and painted by well-known mountains' artist Birgitte Hansen and depicts just some of the 4,000 moths and butterflies in our region. It is hoped the mural can be progressively added to over the years and for this reason is seen as a LIVING CANVAS. There will be 3 levels of sponsorship: level a $500, level b $1,000 and level $1,000 plus. All sponsors will have their names placed on the artwork so their support will be publicly displayed and acknowledged.
As this mural progresses, EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY SHEETS based on the Butterfly Walk will be prepared for children.
Katoomba has many laneways and the long-term plan is to improve each with secure lighting and murals.
* The Butterfly Walk brings a number of benefits to our community such as promoting our region as an Inaugural City of the Arts and also encourages visitors and locals to "slow down and meander through the Katoomba precinct", said mural coordinator Anne Elliott. "This also benefits the local economy and adds beauty to areas/walls frequently vandalised", added Robert Stock, President Katoomba Chamber of Commerce and Community.
Members of the community are cordially invited to attend the official launch of the new mural for Katoomba this coming . . . . . . . Watch the official cutting of the ribbon, admire the mural and sample free butterfly cakes courtesy of *Slow Food Blue Mountains !
Any artists/prospective sponsors wishing to register interest in being involved with further development of this mural should email Katoomba Chamber of Commerce and Community at . . . . Katoomba Chamber of Commerce and Community meets the second Thursday of each Month, 6 pm in the Library at The Carrington. All are welcome. Anyone wishing to find out more about Cittaslow Katoomba Blue Mountains (part of an international network of cities where the living is easy) can go to the website at www.cittaslow.org.au or contact Paul Payten, Cittaslow Management Committee via the website�s enquiry form.
Why is Cittaslow and Slow Food Blue Mountains so interested in butterflies??
Second to bees, butterflies are important for pollination in our food sources and are also a good indicator of our environmental health.However, some butterflies are becoming quite rare as their natural habitats shrink.