The artist and children’s author Kyle Hughes-Odgers transformed the window of Beecroft Children’s Bookshop recently when he recreated a scene from his new book One Thousand Trees.
Little faces were transfixed as the talented street artist and writer turned a piece of the shop window into a wooded wonderland, to highlight the plight of the environment under threat and get children thinking about nature.
The oldest children’s bookshop in Australia, it has been running since 1971 and is a stalwart of the Beecroft community, supplying books to hundreds of school across northern Sydney.
The internationally acclaimed public space artist and children’s book/ illustrator said: “The book is aimed at six to ten year-olds and is about being lost in the moment, in amongst the trees and nature.
“It’s about taking time to daydream and appreciating our natural environment which we as Australians have so much access to. Doing that in this historic site in Beecroft makes it all the more valuable.”
Kyle compares that to what he sees in the concrete jungles where he has created huge wall murals as public art installations in London, New York and LA. He’s currently travelling around Australia transforming windows and spaces with scenes from his book.
“Most of my work contains a narrative, featuring fantasy figures trying to achieve something but failing or working to find a solution to some problem and not coming up with an answer. It’s about chaos and what it means to live on this earth.”
See this magical window display at the bookshop in Hannah Street, until the end of August. Kyle’s books and artworks can be found at www.kylehughesodgers.com