Mural Connections

Mural Connections

Ever wondered how seemingly remote events become related to each other in unlikely ways.

Steve Jobs once said:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

Bobtail and Donkey Orchid over Star Swamp

Yesterday, Jane told me about artist, Brenton See, painting a mural of local plants and animals on the Mt Flora Regional Museum in North Beach.

So I dropped in to see Brenton at work, painting a humpback whale. We chatted and I took some photos.

Brenton paints the Humpback Whale

This is where Steve Jobs comes in. The story of how I got to be talking to Brenton at Mt Flora Regional Museum begins way back in the 1970s.

My Nan who lived until 102 had a fascination for the history of the North Beach. She had a connection to the area since the 1940s. Nan was all about taking action and was the founder of the North Suburban Historical Society, followed by the setting up of the Mt Flora Regional Museum.

The museum was once an old concrete water tank and back in the day, my sister and Artist, Anne-Maree painted a mural of local sea-life along a circular wall on top of the tank/museum.

Anne Maree painting her mural

The mural lasted decades, but time, weather and vandalism took its toll. Anne-Maree was approached again by City of Stirling to repaint it, but couldn’t do it.

Newdegate Silo Art by Brenton See

On another tangent, late last year, we hopped into a bus along with some other journalists. We spent a few days following the Public Silo Trail in WA visiting silo murals. In the wheatbelt town of Newdegate we came across Brenton See’s artistic work showing local wildlife.
We needed a quote from one of the artists for our feature article in Outback Magazine, and Brenton was the local artist in a see of internationals.

It’s easy to see that by using Steve Jobs theory, I can connect the dots. Then, trace back how I got here today, watching Brenton adding his artistic interpretation of North Beach’s plants and animals.

Can you do a Steve Jobs and count the dots back into the past and trust the future will look after itself.