A new eye-catching mural in Tugun has a heart-warming story behind it.
Renowned international street artist Teazer, with the help his creative protegee Jet Tiplady-Aldertona, has created a new mural on the Gold Coast Highway, adjacent to the Tugun Community Village Hall.
Designed and commissioned by aged care and disability care provider Feros Care, the colourful, pop-art-style artwork highlights Feros Cares’ Grow Bold brand ambassadors, like quadriplegic world adaptive surf champion Barney Miller.
Another special portrait on the far-right of the wall is Feros Care aged care resident Nina Marzi, who is 100 years old.
“When you get to my age, you don’t expect a groovy street artist to paint your face on a wall,” Nina Marzi says.
“However, the amazing Teazer has, and I am overwhelmed and in love with it. It looks fantastic and I hope Gold Coasters head down to Tugun to visit it.”
Renowned international street artist Teazer says the artwork celebrates fellowship, richness of life and people feeling supported and loved, as well the inspiring Nina’s 100th birthday.
Nina is such an inspiration, with her youthful and fun spirit, aging gracefully and with such a positive approach to life!
“It was also great to create a beautiful piece of art with my budding artist and mentee Jet Tiplady-Aldertona, who lives with autism,” he says.
“Jet, now 20 years old, wouldn’t leave the house a year before we started working together. We have now been working together for 18 months and I can already see a great change in his confidence with social interactions and his capability to complete creative tasks.
“It’s been rewarding to be a positive role model for him, encouraging his talents and ambitions for street art and watching him make positive and healthy changes.
“He is great fun to bring along on projects, and it’s so rewarding to see his confidence and capability grow. He is so full of fresh ideas and ambition!”
Jet and Teazer spent more than 20 hours on the project from Saturday 10 July 10 to Tuesday 13 July .
Feros Care spokeswoman Tarnya Sim says the agency is excited to show off their new Grow Bold mural to locals and holidaymakers.
“It’s beautiful, just like our clients,” she says. “We hope everyone visits it.”
The mural on the corner of Coolangatta Road and Boyd Street is also resistant to graffiti, which is fortunate, as the wall was previously vandalised when it was a feature piece during the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
To check out more of Teazer’s artwork, head to @_teazer_ or feroscare.com.au.