Commemorative Park Mosaic Mural
Artists: Libby McKinnon, Ann Clark, and Kitty Owens supervised participants of the LEAP Project.
The Commemorative Park Mosaic mural and gardens were developed by young people who joined in a Landcare Environmental Action Program (LEAP).
The mosaic mural, originally mounted on the wall of the Noble Park RSL, depicts the story of local residents who fled war-torn countries to make a safer home in Australia. The mosaic mural reflects images that celebrate peace and hope associated with a new future whilst acknowledging the challenges that comes with settling in a new land.
Based on oral histories that record refugee experiences told by members of the Noble Park and Springvale community, the project reflects themes of war, migration and resettlement. The mosaic depicts images of dislocation, symbolising the fear and hope associated with leaving one's country of birth in the hope of a better future.
The mosaic project was initiated by Noble Park RSL and supported by Council by developing the park as a culturally significant Commemorative Park suitable for conducting events such as Anzac Day services.
In 2003 the Mosaic was removed as part the redevelopment of the Noble Park RSL. Key sections of the mosaic were removed, restored and fixed to four free standing panels located in the adjoining Noble Park Commemorative Park site. Mosaic artist Libby McKinnon who was originally commissioned to undertake the project with the community in 1995, lead the restoration process. The restored mural continues to celebrate the spirit of the original work highlighting themes of war, migration, hope and arrival.