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Seymour artist calls for more art in public places

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SEYMOUR artist Megan Webber has brought unique mosaic art to town, with the hopes of increasing art in public places through community-inspired projects.

Commissioned by Seymour resident Honor Baxter, Ms Webber completed a series of mosaic frog sculptures and hopes to continue to create art for Seymour.

Ms Webber’s most recent work has stemmed from COVID-19 lockdowns, with regional online arts workshops connecting artists at a time when the rest of Victoria was closed.

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“I’ve been working with different mediums, I completed a large mosaic in Melbourne not long ago and had an exhibition in Avenel,” Ms Webber said.

“[The frogs] are a development from other work I’ve done and I’m still trying to develop further, maybe by doing more environmental works.”

Ms Baxter said she was happy with the finished works on her property ‘Frog Ridge’ – a name inspired by the sound of frogs that emanates from a nearby creek after rain.

“I knew Megan did that sort of thing, mosaics and sculptures, so I figured she’d be a good choice, especially being from Seymour as well,” she said.

“I love art in the garden, I love everything about the garden. The two frogs make me smile every time I walk past.”

Ms Webber and Ms Baxter would like to increase community art in Seymour, including more art in public places such as Seymour’s shopping area to make the area more inviting.

“I’ve been working with another artist in Seymour to try and increase community art,” Ms Webber said.

“We’re trying to secure more solid footing to make it happen, but I’ve also been developing different themes for more art in town.

“I would like to see more art in public places like maybe the shopping mall among other places, I know the underpass has been a popular spot for art.”

“It’s just about making Seymour more inviting to visitors.”

Ms Webber would also like to acknowledge the Taungurung people, traditional custodians of the land, and pay respects to their elders past and present.

To see more of Ms Webber’s works and updates on upcoming projects, people can visit the Lateral Canvas Facebook page.

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