My main hope for creating this wall, was to create a public space for disabled people to feel belonging, to raise awareness of and kick start a Disability Pride movement in Australia, as well as build the spirit of the Disabled community and the idea of a unique Disabled culture.
The Mural's unfortunate demise in 2017, after only a week in place, threw the issue into the news and certainly raised its profile. They say that ‘all publicity is good publicity’. However, the struggle to reinstall the mural, has taken a personal toll on myself.
The mural destruction is also symbolic of the way that disability is viewed in this country - as not of value. It further points to the ways in which the medical model of disability is so deeply entrenched, that very idea of Disability Pride is difficult to grasp. The destruction and the resulting drama also created further challenges to reinstall this artwork in a way that honoured our stories and kept a culturally safe space. The fact that we did indeed return to this site and recreate a mural, bigger and better than before, is extraordinary.