Harpenden artist brightening Brazilian infants school with mural
PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 April 2019
A Harpenden artist is fundraising to brighten up a Brazilian school with an animal themed mural.
Andy Bunce has dedicated the last five years to running various charity art projects for children and young people in Brazil, in order to bring people together and brighten community spaces.
He has turned his attention to the João Batista Cardoso infant school in São Luiz do Paraitinga and hopes to create an animal safari on a dull wall.
Designed in a 'painting by numbers' structure, children, parents and teachers would be able to get involved in creating the 85 metre mural over about five months.
The 34-year-old needs £1,000 to make this project a reality, and has already raised nearly 50 per cent of that total.
He said: “Being a very small rural town and quite a small infants school, there is no support to fund a big painting like this.
“They have money for the day to day running of the school but none extra from that to run bigger projects or make bigger changes so that is the reason why it is necessary to get the money.”
The design includes 16 animals which are native to both the particular region of Brazil and also the Paraitinga River, which runs alongside the school and from which the town gets its name.
He added: “It is about engaging children with an exciting opportunity. They will have the chance to paint it for the school and the community and engage in art that will leave a lasting impact for a number of years.
“They can show the painting to friends and people in the community so it is a really positive project.”
Andy's earlier projects, including a Rubik's Cube and Olympics themed mural in a community centre in 2016, have been backed by charities such as Everything is Possible and Articulate.
However, Andy is embarking on this newest challenge without that support.
He grew up in Harpenden and attended Sir John Lawes School before moving semi-permanently to Brazil.