10 May 2023

CAPS mural pays tribute to rescue dogs

| Sarah Martin
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TWO much-loved rescue dogs are the new permanent face of the Cape Animal Protection Shelter building in Weipa.

Western Cape College art students joined forces with a Cairns artist to paint the mural on the aptly named Tonia May building, named after the CAPS founder.

Dan “Wally” Wallwork, whose public art is dotted across Cape York, including at the Cooktown skate park, PCYC Napranum and Coen school, joined the students to complete the giant public art piece in just four days.

Arts teacher Nicola Campbell said CAPS approached the school, which sourced funding, and the idea took off from there.

“We did a Zoom meeting with Wally and CAPS, and we all came up with the design,” Ms Campbell told Cape York Weekly.

“We based some of the dogs in the mural on CAPS dogs.

“One is Lola, who has been adopted, and another is Winston, who is still looking for a home.”

Ms Campbell said her group of Year 9 art students worked “really hard” over the four days to complete the giant mural, which covers one side of the building.

“I think what we’d really love to happen is for people to approach the school and we can start getting more public art out into the community and beautifying our town,” she said.

CAPS is a non-profit organisation caring for homeless and unwanted dogs and cats, with the primary aim of rehoming them.

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