A pod of wildly colourful dolphin have swum into town as part of a vibrant public art trail.
InterAqua Dolphin by Artist Claire Davenhall 2017
‘This is an interactive dolphin, which changes colour as you move around the sculpture and the sun moves position in the sky, displaying a spectrum of glistening colour throughout the day. Special prisms in the paint reflect light in different ways, so try looking at InterAqua from multiple viewpoints. The wave reflects a coral seabed of differing shades of iridescent green and gold, symbolising the national colours of Australia.”
They are here to raise awareness of child and adolescent mental health and come with three clear messages:
- You are not alone.
- It’s OK to talk about your feelings and concerns.
- Real help is available.
There are 36 stunning dolphin sculptures to discover, visit www.thebigsplashwa.com.aufor all the details. Download The Big Splash WA app! Available from the App Store or Google Play for just $1.99, The Big Splash WA app is full of extra information on the dolphins, mental health tips, special rewards and offers. Use the app to track your progress around the trail, add photos to our gallery and share them on social media #thebigsplashwa #pchfwa.
To find my Dolphin, check out Stirling Gardens – Historical Park with playful sculptures, between 20 January – 4 March 2018.
The Big Splash WA Schools Program
The Big Splash WA Schools Program has been developed in response to the alarming increase in the number of children and young people presenting to Emergency Departments with self-harm and attempted suicide – a 400% increase in the last five years.
The program helps teachers and parents navigate the topic of mental health and wellbeing with their students and children. With a focus on building resilience, the program teaches children to recognise their emotions and develop essential coping strategies.
Participating schools receive a series of age appropriate student resource kits, each accompanied by a teacher and parent kit. Kits are linked back to the school curriculum with student worksheets, class and individual activities, and details of mental health resources and organisations able to provide practical support.
For more information contact Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation on (08) 9489 1100 or visit thebigplashwa.com.au
I have been working with St Stephen’s School to facilitate with the creation of Finlay their School Dolphin, which has been created by the lovely Year 12 students and their Visual Art Teacher Verity Palmer. They aim to spread the message, ‘how to be a good friend’, when riding those waves of emotions’, during their homeroom activities.
You’ll get to meet Finlay along with 44 other School Dolphins at the leaving ceremony on the 17th March 2018.
To learn more about the Schools Program click here: