In this post, you’re going to meet King, Jack and Quinn, three scary monsters created by Emma Matthews in her Creative Kids class at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (BRAG). Emma worked alongside her Art Partners mentors Billie Griffiths and Helen Seiver to bring the scary monsters to life.
Two of the scary monsters – Jack and Quinn – were first introduced to the world on the ABC Open’s Snapped: Two. There were some pretty serious shenanigans prior to the photo shoot, because ‘Snapped: Two’ was, after all, about two, and not three. But, they made it through, and are leading us on a spirited tour of their favourite Bunbury hangouts.
Home is Where the Heart is
Jack is very fond of BRAG. That is, after all, where he hails from. He’s a bit of a shy character, and therefore missed seeing Alyssa and Isabell at the opening of the Visions exhibition. But, he definitely frequents the Galleries during quieter times, and relishes his chance to see Alyssa’s Love-Hate on exhibition until October 5. BRAG: 64 Wittenoom Street, Bunbury.
Tea for Two
King loves Gnomesville in the Ferguson Valley. According to a recent article in the South Western Times, Gnomesville started as a light-hearted protest against Dardanup Shire Council’s construction of a roundabout near the site in 1995. Since then, gazillions of gnomes have made it their home. King’s special friend, Jerome the Gnome, had been finding Gnomesville a little claustrophobic. When news of this reached King, he extended Jerome a gracious invitation to come to tea at Hartley Anderson Park. Jerome was delighted at the prospect, and pitched wearing his custom designed beanie created by knitter extraordinaire Claire Pendrigh Elliott. Hartley Anderson Park: off Ocean Drive, South Bunbury.
Accessible Play for All
King, Jack and Quinn all love to frolic at the Bunbury Accessible Playground. According to the Bunbury Wildlife Park’s website: “This play space has carefully selected pieces of play equipment that truly make it one of the region’s first accessible playgrounds.” King, being the biggest and the tallest of the scary monsters, often has his say about who goes first and who does what. But, no matter, there are lots of pieces of equipment to keep everyone fully engaged. Bunbury Accessible Playground: adjacent to the Bunbury Wildlife Park, Prince Philip Drive, South Bunbury.
Down Time in Curious Café
Quinn is tiny. He weighs in at 30 grams. One of his favourite spots is the friendly and laid back Bianco (pizza and café) on Victoria Street. He can hang there for hours checking out all the fascinating bits of décor on the walls, counters and windowsills. The place is so chock full of curious bits and pieces that Quinn doesn’t look out of place when he’s hanging about. Because he doesn’t stand out, no one fusses, and he loves that. Bianco: 46 Victoria Street, Bunbury.
King, being tall and slender, likes to stand beside the Bunbury Lighthouse and pretend he’s equal in stature although it’s 27.4 metres and he’s a mere 37 centimetres. Being a bit of a scary fashion icon, he loves how the black and white checks of the Lighthouse complement his own snazzy floral print. The fabulous black and white pattern of the Lighthouse makes it highly visible for kilometres. King only dreams of having such a visual impact. Bunbury Lighthouse: Ocean Drive, Bunbury.
Jack loves heights. He regularly scales the spiral staircase of the Marlston Hill Lookout Tower. Jack enjoys the spectacular 360 degree views of Bunbury, the lighthouse and the Indian Ocean. He especially likes how the Lookout Tower makes him feel taller than King. The Tower was opened in 1988 as an Australian Bi-Centennial project. That’s just a tad older than Jack! Marlston Hill Lookout Tower: Whale View, Bunbury.
Over to You
Emma, King, Jack and Quinn would love to hear about your favourite Bunbury hangouts in the comments section. And, who knows, the scary monsters might surprise you in one of your special haunts. They promise to be on their best behavior and will try not to frighten you.