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Clay Crosier of Launceston, Josh Gardner of Launceston, and Jordan Yates, of New Zealand, with their mural at the rear of Headspace, in Wellington Street, Launceston.
Clay Crosier of Launceston, Josh Gardner of Launceston, and Jordan Yates, of New Zealand, with their mural at the rear of Headspace, in Wellington Street, Launceston.
Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Headspace mural is in the can thanks to artistic team

ALISON ANDREWS | The Examiner | Jan. 19, 2012, 9:35 a.m.

More than 60 cans of paint and eight, hot, sweaty days later, Launceston's headspace health and wellbeing site for young people has graffiti it wants to share.

The young Aboriginal drug and alcohol service based at headspace, formerly The Corner, commissioned Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Josh Gardner and his team to design the outdoor art to dress up a courtyard at the centre.

``There's a lot of paint on there,'' said the graffiti artist yesterday, admiring the project completed last week.

He and offsiders Clay Crosier and Jordan Yates used scaffolding to reach the top of the two-storey outside walls and decorate them with their dramatic symbols of health and wellbeing during nearly two weeks of particularly hot weather this month.

``You get the detail and fine edging with different-sized nozzles,'' said Mr Yates.

The former New Zealand artist said that graffiti art had been used in public places there since the 1980s following closely on a US tradition.

Mr Gardner said that it had been recognised and used as an art form in Tasmania for a couple of years.

He recently completed his first commissioned piece - a large work on a building in the laneway connecting Charles Street to the Birchalls car park.

Young Aboriginal drug and alcohol service spokeswoman Cate Sinclair said that the headspace wanted to create an outdoor space that was comfortable and welcoming for the young people who attended headspace.

Courtesy of The Examiner

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