Wednesday morning just gone, 8am. The Mall Fremantle.
Standing in the Mall looking at one of the recently installed SG windows I caught the eye of a young street dweller who asked what I was doing.
I said I was enhancing the windows.
Why? He asked … I feel like kicking it in!
That would be a shame – I said.
Why are you doing it? He again demanded.
… Because I want to make it beautiful for you.
So you can have something lovely to look at – to lift your spirits.
He looked at me and said…. give me your hand!
I presented my hand, palm up.
He said – turn it over. I did.
He took my hand and kissed the back of it – and walked away.
I nearly burst into tears.
The young man’s response was pure poetry. That is why beauty matters.
Day 7 – all is calm in the Mall.
* By Ros De Souza, Street Gallery coordinator
We should also mention that SG has gained wonderful sponsors such as: the letting agents who have bought into the program; All Glass Cleaning who have committed to a monthly clean of the windows as their community commitment; Fremantle Camera House who printed the Art bill posters for these premises as their contribution to enhancing the city for Fremantle Design Week; Harbour Plants who loaned the plants to enhance the difficult windows; not to mention Ros, and Ros’s friend Jane who washed, scrubbed and painted with her to get the show on the road!
You should take a wander, day or night, to check out the SG. Some really nice stuff on show. You can buy it if you like!
And here’s our earlier story on the Street Gallery.
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